Sunday, October 28, 2012

PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION By Janet Grunst


 PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION
By
Janet Grunst


“I exhort you therefore, that, first of all, 
supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life 
in all godliness and honesty.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2


At various times throughout our nation’s history, our leaders have called for days or periods of fasting, humiliation and prayer. Even before the American Revolution, the men who served in the Continental Congress were men of faith and understood that the prosperity of a nation depended on its religious vitality.


A “Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer” was called for June 1st, 1774 in Boston. On March 16th, 1776 a broadside was distributed by Congress calling for a “Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer”, for citizens throughput the colonies to “confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his (God’s) righteous displeasure and through merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness.”

Congress continued to call for days of fasting and thanksgiving at least twice a year throughout the Revolutionary War.  They understood that the prosperity of our new nation was dependent on God’s mercy. Congress appointed chaplains for itself as well as for the various branches of the military to provide for the spiritual support these bodies required.  

Since then there have been numerous occasions during turbulent times over the centuries when national leaders and clergy would petition Americans to humble themselves, repent, and seek God’s mercy to preserve and prosper our nation.

As we approach our national election during this critical time in our country, please pray for the following:

~ That all Americans will become informed about the candidates and issues.
~ That all eligible American voters will exercise their right and responsibility to vote.
~ That nothing will impede the rights of the military and other Americans abroad to have
      their votes counted.
~ That the media will be honest, and unbiased in their reporting.
~ That the integrity of our electoral system will be preserved.
~ For God to grant wisdom, discernment, integrity, and courage for our elected                
        representatives.

“If my people, which are called by my name, 
shall 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 will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

4 comments:

  1. Yes, thanks for sharing what happened long ago is still pertinant today, we need to be a praying nation and I hope that all will go to the polls and vote this year..
    Paula O

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  2. How interesting that while we need this post for our upcoming election we also REQUIRE this type of prayer as this hideous storm slams at us. As always, Janet, you've composed an excellent and though-provoking post. Blessings!

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  3. I join you in this prayer, Janet. Thank you for lighting a fire under us and for reminding us of our nation's first intentions.

    So much is at stake in this election. We will not find a perfect human candidate, but if we remember who we are and Whose we are, it makes so many things clear. Most especially, we need to do just as this Scripture says, and humble ourselves, pray, seek Him, and turn from our wicked and self-determined ways. We know that He will hear us, but He's given such clear guidelines about what we're to do on our part first.

    God bless you!

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  4. Thank you, Ladies, for your comments. Our nation has been blessed in so many ways. Over the years, many men and women have sacrificed and paid dearly to protect our freedoms. I believe we have an obligation to pray and continue the work to preserve the legacy they've left us.

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