If My People, Called by My Name…
I was driving north on the freeway. It was one of those hour-long drives – not long enough to be considered a road trip, but certainly long enough for some time to think.
I passed by cities lined with businesses at 70 miles per hour until something caught my attention. It was an American flag flying humbly at half mast, and though the speed of my car remained, my heart paused.
Grateful to be alone in the car, I wept at the reminder – the unmasked evil that is so prevalent in our world. My immediate, near involuntary response was prayer, and then it hit me – an even greater sense of gratitude.
Free to Serve Our God
For teammates in the U.S., we live in a country that allows the freedom of worship. What a privilege that is in a world where people are truly persecuted for a simple prayer. I thought about the allegiance we pledge to the flag that now stood at half mast:
“…and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
One nation under God. No, we are not perfect, and yes, some laws need to change. But, a salute to our flag still demands submission to the Almighty God.
Although our current culture has developed a disdain for the activity, we must always remember – prayer is effective.
James 5:16 proclaims that the prayers of a righteous person, one approved by God, is powerful in its effect.
2 Chronicles 7:14 reminds us: “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
The first step in restoring our nation is prayer. It’s an act of humility, honoring God as head and acknowledging His sovereignty in our requests to Him.
If we utilize one of the greatest tools God has given us, it shows our faith is in Him and not our own actions. And, in my car, I didn’t have to hesitate for fear of my life or reputation. I prayed boldly and with confidence, knowing my God heard me.
So, What’s the Play Call?
Americans, we are blessed. Let’s take advantage of the freedoms we have and restore our land through prayer.