I am so grateful to be an American! I am sorry that our nation has been slipping down on a path away from God, but I don't believe we should despair! God is still running this world, and He will decide what ultimately happens. I have been reading a book, The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, and came across this in my reading; "The possibilities and necessity of prayer, its power and results are manifested in arresting and changing the purposes of God and in relieving the stroke of his power..."
Some examples from the Word of God about how prayer "changed" God's purposes would include Jonah who cast himself into the sea and God prepared the great fish to swallow him up. "Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish's belly...and the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land." When Jonah called upon the Lord in his time of disobedience, God heard his prayer and delivered him from the fish.
Even, wicked King Pharaoh believed in God! He implored Moses four times to call upon God and ask for God's mercy when the plagues were happening to the Egyptians. Each time Moses would pray to God and the answer would come and the plague was lifted.
Or, how about good King Hezekiah who was told that his time was fast over on this earth and he prayed to God and was given fifteen years more!
When you stop and think about this, do any possibilities come to your mind about what God might want to do in America? Is it possible that He might yet want to "Revive us again, that we may rejoice?" Yes, we have certainly turned away from Him as a nation, but yet, is He willing that we should perish? Is He waiting for one of His own to "stand in the gap" and plead with Him for mercy and revival as Moses did for the children of Israel?
I believe that one of the reasons why we have not been judged more harshly in America is because of the Christians who are still seeking after God and crying over the sins of this nation. While wicked men see the Christians as the problem, they are actually, most likely, the reason America is still the land that it is! Without the Christians, it is possible God would give us even more over to judgment.
With that thought in mind, do you think it is possible that God is going over the earth, searching for someone to rise up and be that individual who will first of all, fast and pray for revival, and then to speak with boldness of the truth of God?
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 05, I attended a bit of "United We Stand" in Kansas City, MO. There were many people there! Probably a few thousand. There were many like minded people who are also worried about the state of our country. There was even a 16 year old girl who sang beautifully, "God Bless the USA." She, too, is concerned, even at her age, about the direction our country is heading if present leaders have their way. I am grateful to see that many other people are true patriots and desire to see our nation remain free. God help America!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Hi! I just came home from a trip to Pennsylvania to visit my cousin Darrin and his wife Jan, and their daughter Kerri. We had such a nice time. I laughed so much as Darrin is so crazy, and I got lots of sleep. On Saturday, we went to Hershey, PA to visit the Hershey visitor's center. While there, we had the best milkshakes! Wow! Mine was Chocolate/Peanut Butter!!! It doesn't get any better than that. I'm grateful for a safe trip and a restful time.