Let’s Pray for America (Part 3 of 4)
Did you ever notice how every story has a hero? It seems in every conflict, someone swoops in and saves the day. Many of these stories are fictitious, but I believe they’re based on truth. How so?
Ecclesiastes 3:11 states eternity is written on our hearts. We can accept or reject it because we have free will, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. It is there deep in our hearts, hence we write stories that depict a savior of sorts without even realizing it.
Eternity and all that’s involved in the spiritual fight between good and evil is written on our hearts. We have an innate desire for the Good News of the Gospel, a powerful super hero/savior to swoop down and rescue us from the evil around us.
If ever America needed a super hero, it’s now. Evil and injustice have invaded like an army and we need someone to fight for truth, justice and the American way.
We tend to think our choice of presidential candidate is going to avenge, bring justice and overcome, but clearly neither are super heroes. At best we can choose the candidate that will most closely defend the Gospel and its values.
No, no caped crusader is going to step in. That only happens in the movies. Or does it?
The Hero of the Gospel written on our hearts is our only hope. And if we pray, as we’ve been doing in my last couple of blogs, seeking Him sincerely and asking His forgiveness for our sins and protection for our nation, He will step in.
Hillsong Music has a kid’s song called Jesus is My Superhero**. Yeah. That’s Who we need!
He’s the only one who’s got the power.
The Bible calls Him our Savior. Psalm 144:2 calls Him our rescuer. Psalm 145:3 says no one can measure His greatness.
This week, I came upon Psalm 58 in my NLT Bible*. The theme of this verse says, “A Prayer for God’s Justice. When no justice can be found, rejoice in knowing justice will triumph because there is a God who will judge with complete fairness.”
The writer is David, “written when men in authority were twisting justice.”
A few of the lines say…
Do you judge the people fairly?
2 No! You plot injustice in your hearts.
You spread violence throughout the land.
3 These wicked people are born sinners;
even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.
7 May they disappear like water into thirsty ground.
9 God will sweep them away. 10 The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged.
11 Then at last everyone will say,
“There truly is a reward for those who live for God;
surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.”
Let’s pray the following for America…with all our heart…
Protect us from those who are violent,
2 those who plot evil in their hearts
and stir up trouble all day long.
3 Whose tongues sting like a snake;
Protect us from those who are violent,
from those plotting against us.
5 The proud have set a trap.
Listen, O Lord, to our cries for mercy!
7 O Sovereign Lord, the strong one who rescues us,
and protects us on the day of battle [and voting].
8 Lord, do not let evil people have their way.
Do not let their evil schemes succeed.
by the very evil they have planned for us.
10 Let them be thrown into pits from which they can’t escape.
11 Don’t let liars prosper here in our land.
he will give justice…
13 Surely righteous people are praising your name;
the godly will live in your presence.
but let us escape.
*Life Application Study Bible, NLT, Tyndale (c) 2004
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