Recently, I have been stirred afresh on the importance of praying for our countries.
2 Chronicles 7:14
‘IF my people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.’
As Christians, we cannot forget the position of authority God has given us, and the degree of influence we can have in our nation through prayer. If we fail to take our place, evil forces that seek to destroy our country and any Christian influence, will prevail.
No one can deny that the devil has stepped up his activity in recent years, but we are not to be afraid of this, rather it MUST stir us as Christians to pray with greater commitment than ever before!
God has shown in his Word that the condition of the nation rests with His people. I encourage you to pray for our leaders, whether they represent your political belief or not, they need our prayers in order to operate in the wisdom of God. God can change their political positions if we pray!
This need for prayer goes further: – prayer meetings in churches are often the least supported meetings. Many don’t want to put in the time and commitment needed to pray. I believe that this is one of the major reasons that many churches are not growing. Some start to grow, but the growth gets stifled through problems arising etc.
Only a strong prayer backing within a church can develop the spiritual strength a ministry needs to breakthrough in a nation.
When I say this, I mean strong prayer backing – sometimes a group of people need to arise who will meet and pray DAILY for the church and revival.
I don’t believe that one prayer meeting a week is enough to provide the backing that many churches need right now in order to move forward.
I want to call you all to prayer – for your nation, leaders and the churches.
If you can, find some prayer partners that will meet with you regularly and pray. If no one wants to join you, begin to set aside regular time to pray – not just for your own life, but for the things I have referred to in this article.
Also, encourage other Christians to do the same – the more this spreads the better. If you can, arrive at church early each Sunday and pray for the church service that week!
I believe that God will honour us if we will obey His call to pray. Our churches will grow stronger. Christian influence within this nation will be strengthened, and our nation will be affected in a godly way! I also believe that God will honour the individuals who pray.
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