Pray for America

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

One thing that amazes me most about our forefathers is how much they sacrificed to attain freedom. They gave their homes, their money, their time, and many their positions of leadership so that they could have an opportunity at freedom. Their example goes before us even today as a shining example of what it takes to achieve and keep freedom. Whether it was Paul Revere, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, or one of hundreds of others, they gave so that freedom could come to this new land called America.

The freedoms we enjoy today are intact because the continued sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of other men and women. They left their families and friends to serve this nation in the air, on the land and the sea. Many of them not only sacrificed the comforts of home, but also ultimately sacrificed their lives. What a commitment they made when they determined to defend the freedom we enjoy in this land.

But for some reason we have made this time more about fireworks than the works of past generations. We have made it more about time off than time given. We have made it more about where we’re going than where those before us have been. It is difficult to say when the digression started but there is little doubt that we are not where we should be in regard to this time.

America needs to find its way back to God. We struggle with the sin of pride. We are proud of what we have and what we’ve done. Prov. 16:18 tells us that ‘..pride goes before destruction.’ Even more succinct than that is what is said in Psalm 9:17. Following a time of prayer for God’s justice, David says, “The wicked will return to Sheol, even all the nations who forget God.”

The writer of Hebrews addresses those who have fallen away, but it is what is said in Hebrews 6:9-12 that we need to hear. 9 “But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. 10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

I believe that there are better things for us that will go hand in hand with the salvation that we have in Christ Jesus. Yet we must turn our hearts toward God, honoring Him in all we do. I believe as we surrender ourselves, God will once again be able to use us to not only reach a lost world, but to lift up those who have fallen and bring restoration to those in need.

This past Sunday morning I called our church family to prayer for our nation and its leaders. Those who are in positions of leadership in our nation need to hear from God and follow Him. I believe it is time for us to get back to the One who can bring our nation to where it needs to be.

As we come to this Independence Day, I would urge you to spend time considering what all has been given, sacrificed, and surrendered so you can experience the freedom you have. I would also urge you to take time to pray for our President, Vice President as well as all those who are in positions of leadership.

Pray for our troops currently serving, our nation, state, and city. We must never forget the sacrifices that have been made to protect the freedoms we enjoy. We must never forget the commitments that were made by men and women to give all they were to guard against those who would seek to take that freedom away.

Pray for America and have a blessed Independence Day.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul