Proverbs 4 10-4-20

Pray like you’ve never prayed before. Our nation is on a precipice. We have the blood of millions on our hands. As God did with Israel because of the blood of their children they had sacrificed to idols, God will judge our nation because of children sacrificed to the god of convenience.

14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
    or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
    turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
    they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.

31 They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire—something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind. Jeremiah 7:31

God will be calling us to pray. He will remind us often. When we think about praying for someone in particular, our leaders, and/or our nation, we must remember that His voice sounds like our voice in our heads. The fact that we thought of it is Him reminding us.

Also, God will not ask us to pray unless He is working. He is inviting us to join Him in His work. But, there’s a catch: We must be righteous in order to pray with power,

1Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16

Our nation is sick, sick with the blood of children, with hatred and bigotry, with immorality and licentiousness, and with complacency. Let us pray for ourselves; let us confess our sins to one another. Let’s intercede for our leaders, especially those who are not in God’s will. Let’s pray for our nation that we would turn back to God before it requires something drastic–again–to get our attention.

James gave us the procedure for repentance in chapter 4:

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:7-10

We are not in a good place with our nation, nor are we in a happy time in our country. Pray that the pandemic would ease. Pray for our president that he recover. Pray that every leader would feel the conviction of God and repent. Pray that every member of Brookwood would feel that same conviction and repent! I pray that every reader of this post would feel His conviction and repent, as well.

It’s not too late for America, but it may be close. 40-60 million lives requires a lot of repenting! God takes those lives seriously. We had better, too!

Abba, I pray for my readers that they would have their spiritual eyes opened to the truth of Your justice, but also Your love and mercy. May You move mightily and help us to rid America of our Topheth, LORD. May You move in Your mighty power, in a way that we will stand in awe of Your mighty deeds. Call us to national repentance, Abba, just as soon as we take care of our personal repentance. Amen.

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