Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sweet Land of Liberty

President John F. Kennedy challenged us in his speech to ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country. Did you ever wonder what there is that you can do for your country?

Perhaps you are not in the military or a city employee. Perhaps you are not a teacher or a nurse or a grocery store clerk. There is something that each of us can do to make our country stronger. We can pray for our country believing in the God who is able. We can pray specifically for our country. God hears the prayers of His children and He blesses their homes, their towns and their countries. He is good and His love endures forever.

Before you say those negative words about my president and before you say those negative words about my country, please be sure you have spent enough time in prayer. Prayer is quite often the most militant thing to be done and yet, for every Christian who spends time in prayer, dozens more simply add to the negativity. It's wrong. His people will be held accountable for it.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”

~2 Chronicles 7:13 and 14

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