'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics.. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!' Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God..' I read this and can't help but to be moved. What part have I played in this prayer? It's our country in a nutshell. What our country think is freedom is bondage. What our country thinks is best, leads to death. These are not new words or a new ideas. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. What can I do? Will I sit around and just pray, wishing it would be different? For God so loved....loved.."love is an action." What will my action be? Yes, prayer is critical. But why are we praying if we don't have faith it will work. Faith produces works. Works for the kingdom and not for man.
So how do you make a difference? How can you go from just praying things will change? It starts with you.
-Be willing to stand up and be pro-life (Does anyone ever think of the freedom of choice of the child? Would they want to die? Encourage life, encourage adoption...do you know how many couples out there can't have their own child? How ludicrous is it to abort a living being.)
-Be willing to discipline your children as needed (Guide your children to be respectful, have manners, do chores, etc. What are you preparing them for in this life if they don't learn it now as a child?)
-Stop playing the lottery and thinking its for fun or its really helping education, its only more bondage. (Do you want to help education, volunteer at a school.)
-Stop watching anything that doesn't draw you closer to God. (Freedom of expression doesn't mean we are to pollute our minds with porn, and bad language.)
-Stop thinking everyone on welfare can't do anything different. (Want to really help the poor, start working with them, educating them, feeding them, teaching them skills so they can do better, pick the up for work, have them over for dinner, come along side to help them.)
STOP helping the problem and start BEING apart of the solution. Thanks Billy Graham for continuing to remind us of why God left us here when He saved us. It's not to sit back and say, hey, I got my golden ticket, I can ease on by. No, its to fight. Fight the devil and all his schemes. Remember, the devil doesn't come out in a red suit and a pitchfork. He is slippery and slimy, working his way to the appearance of good things like the "education" lottery or killing unborn children so a 14 year old doesn't have to give up school. He especially loves to slide into the cracks of our hearts and find our short comings. Be prepared, be on guard and put on the full armor of God. Start now!
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. --
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