Things have escalated quickly in our country. There have been riots in almost all major cities, and if we didn’t know any better we would think Armageddon has come upon us. When you turn on the news, it looks like something out of a movie. We have all seen the horrific videos, we have all seen what is going on. The question is, what do we do now?
The reason I wanted to write this is to remind everyone that Jesus Christ, the Sovereign One, is still on the throne. He will still get His way, and nothing can stop His perfect plan. That being said, we still have a responsibility in this time. We are responsible to pray.
Here are four prayers, that I hope we can all pray together:
- God, we need you
Prayer in it’s very essence is a confession that you need God. Anytime you drop to your knees in prayer, at the heart of your submission is a confession that He knows better than you, that He is able to do all things, and that you are utterly dependent on Him. Now more than ever, I think we would all agree that we need God. That we are often times at a loss for words, but this word always remains:
God, we need you.
2. God, please grant us repentance
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
I think we would all agree that we desire that God would hear us from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. This text gives us a roadmap to attaining this, if God so chooses to grant us this mercy. Therefore, if we call ourselves Christians we must first humble ourselves, confessing that He is Lord, and their is nothing we can do apart from Him. Then we must diligently pray, seeking His face, not only His hand. Lastly, probably the most overlooked portion of this text is that we must turn from our wicked ways. This prayer is for us individually, ‘Lord help me turn from my own wicked ways.’ Then this prayer is for our churches, ‘Lord help us turn from our wicked ways.’ Then lastly this prayer is for our nation, ‘Lord help us as a nation turn from our wicked ways.’ Lawlessness is abounding in our nation, and we need the Lord’s help to turn from this.
3. God, give us discernment
“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice, to distinguish good from evil.” – Hebrews 5:14
What is lacking more than ever is discernment. And we see why in this text. Discernment is a spiritual gift, that grows through training and constant practice. Why can’t people distinguish good from evil? Laziness. Business. These, at times, are one in the same. Physical business is the enemy of spiritual diligence. Physical business equates to spiritual laziness. Ask Mary and Martha:
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42
Let us all do the necessary thing, and sit at our Saviors feet, and diligently hear His word. Then we will be able to distinguish good and evil in our country, because make no mistake about it, everything is not what it seems in America.
4. God, break our hearts for what breaks yours
We don’t need the opinions of men, the convictions of a few, we need the heart of God in this time. To help us see what needs be seen. To address what needs addressing. We need His word, we need His ways. We need to think like Him, speak like Him, be like Him.
“And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.” – Genesis 4:10
You can almost hear the heart of God in regards to the loss of human life. Human life is precious to Him, let it also be precious to us. Whenever anyone is killed, from age 0-120 let it break our heart. Whatever ethnicity when blood is spilled, let it break our heart. Thus, being conformed to the image of Christ.
I am reminded of the smallest verse in the entire Bible. That shows the heart of God whenever death occurs in this world. A verse that is translated the same in almost every single Bible. Which shows us that we can lay aside all differences for a moment, and be like Jesus. The verse is this: