WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:16-18 New Living Translation).
Independence Day has come and gone for another year, yet celebrations will continue throughout the weekend. I wonder if those celebrants have spent one moment reflecting on why we celebrate Independence Day and what it really means? Have they considered the cost paid for the ability to grill hotdogs outside and idly chitchat about sports, work and other topics? Do they realize it’s not simply a day off in the middle of the week by which we gauge the passing of summer? What if I threw a monkey wrench in and said we weren’t truly free anymore, at least not in the sense for which it was originally intended? I know, I’m stirring the pot, and I’m okay with it, just bear with me.
As I ponder this year’s Independence Day, I look at what freedom’s we no longer have. For example – freedom to speak the name of Jesus in a public governmental forum in prayer; freedom to expect the food we eat to be free from GMO‘s, additives, or chemicals; freedom to raise our children the way we were raised without fear of authoritative backlash for exercising parental rights; freedom to decide if we actually want conventional health care coverage, etc. The list could go on and on.
Within our very nation, there is derision against Christians, and there are Christians who are apathetic to what is going on overall. This morning, I woke up hearing “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” and I realized we need to sit back and allow the Holy Spirit to wash over this land. As a nation, we must turn back to God, but those whose hearts are turned away from Him are covered by a veil. As Christians who trust in the Lord, we must pray, together, for this country and our governmental leaders. We must set aside time each day to lift our voice to God, crying out for this people, for the true freedom the Spirit of the Lord brings. All our preaching to each other is not going to open deaf ears, or give sight to blind eyes, or even remove the veil – only the Spirit of the Lord is able. We must break our hearts for our land and stand in the gap, seeking revival. I’m not talking about a gathering of Christians in one place, I’m talking about each of us getting in our prayer closets, agreeing in prayer for this nation. Men and women died in battle to set and keep this country free, in a temporal sense, but Jesus Christ died on the cross to set each of us free for eternity. If we are liberated in Christ, how could we not want that for our nation?
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day. You are our light and our salvation, whom should we fear? You are our fortress and strength, there is no other. Father, break our hearts for this nation, break our hearts for this people. Let not a day pass where we don’t cry out to You in prayer for our people. Father, we have stood idly by the wall for too long and today we climb to our spots and take our place in the gaps, watching and praying. Father, only You can turn the heart of this country, but we will persevere in prayer and supplication to You. There is none like You, turn the hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, breathe life into the dry bones and restore to us the joy of our salvation. We love You and we come before You with humble hearts, forgive us Lord for our apathy and resistance to challenges, forgive us for not taking our places. We stand before You in worship and adoration of You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Ask the Lord for a specific direction to pray regarding our country and revival. We must pray every day for this nation and government, we must be broken for our land and people.
Additional Scriptures: 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Psalm 46; Numbers 14:11-19