Monday, November 3, 2008

Really Do it!

Talk is cheap. It’s easy to say we are going to pray about something, but it is another thing to actually do it. I want to urge each of you to get down on our knees today and seek God’s help for our nation. Let us humbly seek God’s guidance and ask Him for protection. Pray for God’s mercy and for hearts to turn to God in repentance.

In this great country we are afforded the privilege to vote for the candidates we feel will best serve our country. This week I want to encourage you to take the opportunity to teach your children about the principles of freedom and the right to vote. We also have the important call from God to pray. Pray for our nation. Pray about your vote. We must take our right to vote seriously, and we must prayerfully cast our ballot.

Wisely and prayerfully vote on Tuesday. Bring your kids with you if you can so that they may learn by your example that as citizens of the United States we have the blessed honor to cast our vote. Thank the Lord for the freedom we are given in this great nation. Pray for His mercy. You may want to read Daniel’s prayer for his nation found in Daniel 9. Here is a portion of the prayer. Notice Daniel’s humility and repentance.

"Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. O LORD, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you…all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him. Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name."

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