As Christians, we are a people called to pray. It is our responsibility to usher heaven into earth through our prayers, and to follow the Holy Spirit when we pray. There will be times we get stuck in prayer and we need to make room for the Holy Spirit to pray through us, ensuring God’s heart is prayed for. We are also a people called to love. We don’t have to like everything, but we are called to love each other. I have come to realize love and prayer go together, much like peanut butter and jelly. You can have one without the other, but you will not have the entire sandwich and therefore it is less satisfying with less impact.
Why am I bringing this up since it is part of the basic milk of Christianity? The Church is who God uses to share the Gospel and His love. We all would agree our country is in moral decline and political chaos. Why do you suppose that is? I propose it is because we, as the Church in America, have become so busy poking and pointing fingers at each other over things we individually believe offensive. Christians attacking other Christians over things that are best settled in the prayer closet, bad mouthing people whether in the political or personal arena and over sharing someone else’s opinions on social media – it would appear we’ve become overly focused on ourselves and out of love. We have become complacent and apathetic to the cries of the lost, condemning our government and all opposed to our doctrinal and personal belief system, marching around beating people over the head with a Bible most of us aren’t really studying (let’s face it, if we’re studying our Bible and praying, we aren’t beating each other with it). We have strayed from our prayer mandate in 1 Timothy 2 and the authority we carry as heaven’s representatives on earth.
Church, Jesus is redemptive. “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them” (Luke 9:56a NKJV). “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world (John 12:47). Why, if we call ourselves followers of Christ, do we condemn when He does not condemn? Why do we act as judge, jury and executioner when that was not his model? Why, when we do pray, do we speak death over this nation and our fellow man because of things that personally offend us?
Church, it is time to wake up and rise up, time to put aside personal politics and realize it is not about us. We have been publicly silent on the matter of redemption for too long and too outspoken on condemnation. As a whole, we have played into the enemy’s hand. He has successfully caused the Church to leave a bad taste in others mouths. If we want to see revival in our nation, restructure in our government, Godly morals in action, truth, righteousness and justice prevail, we must be willing to step out of our comfort zone and pray heaven into earth. We must be redemptive in our prayers for our nation, our government and our leaders. We must take back the authority Christ gave us on the cross and we must act accordingly. As a Church, we are a beautiful example of Christ in this world, we are His hands and His feet.
How do we do this? We must understand the power of our words and the prayers we pray. When praying for those in authority, it is important to consider the weight of every word and to pray with a clean heart and heavenly motive. Understand, too, that we do not war against flesh, but the spirit world. The things going on around our nation and world today are part of what is going on in the spirit realm and some of these factions we face in the natural have a life of prayer to other gods. And they are zealous in their prayers. Just as they are zealous, we must be even more zealous in our prayers of blessing. We reap what we sow, we must remember that, and if all we sow in prayer is condemnation and its ilk, we will not reap a peaceful and blessed harvest.
It starts with us personally. We must put aside our motives, our politics, our personal preferences and go after the Father’s heart and His divine order for government and authority. We must pray from the place of victory and gratefulness, we must pray for God’s righteousness and justice to prevail and to root out those who have exalted themselves over God. We must partner with the Holy Spirit and push through in prayer until we see results. Results happen when we pray prayers that are aligned with God’s heart. Prayer is vital to the health of nations and a people who pray victorious, redemptive and grace-filled prayers have governments who were first righteously established in the spirit realm and birthed in the earth.
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place (2 Chronicles 7:13-15).
Do not misunderstand me, I speak to the American Church as a whole, yet God has shown me there is a remnant of prayer warriors who are praying His heart for our country. Imagine what heaven can accomplish in earth when the entire church has a like-minded heart in redemptive and restorative prayer for this nation! We only have to look to Scripture and we can see that Israel strayed from God many times, yet He always showed her a path for redemption and restoration.
Pray this with me today:
Dear Heavenly Father, create in Your Church a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within her. May she be filled with the power, presence and person of Christ, going after Your heart and ushering heaven into earth. May Your Church be ignited with a passion to pray into governments and territories, through the power of Your Spirit, and may she seek peace. Thank You for this beautiful Church, may she walk in all the authority You have given her, with signs and wonders following. You are an awesome and gracious Father, desiring the best for Your people. May Your Church be baptized with Your love, filled with Your Spirit and refreshed anew to be a blessing to the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2: 1-4).