Unless you are totally isolated from society, there is no denying that our country is in a mess these days. Our elected officials are so wrapped up in partisan politics, they consistently fail the very people who elected them to office. Every aspect our our lives hangs precariously on the edge of a precipice of catastrophe. Education, economics, defense, liberty and constitutional rights suffer because of these partisan tactics. I don't need to detail all of the corruption that has infected the three branches of government other than to say it can all be attributed to greed, pride and hate.
We the people still have the power to change it though. According to the most recent census numbers, 75% of Americans claim to hold some denomination of Christianity as their faith. This is not saying that they all attend church regularly or even at all. It just means that they hold some belief in The Almighty God. So, if 75% of the populace believe in Him, then We the People have the most powerful Ally in the universe and can effect change in the political and social climate of this nation.
Today is Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, which also happens to be the National Day of Prayer. If 281,000,000 people, which is approximately 75% of the population of the U.S., were to pray over the social and political problems in the country, I believe we would see that change.
Some of you probably know this Scripture by heart, but this is what our Ally, God, has to say in 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 sin and heal their land."
We who attend Avra Valley Community Church, have dedicated the entire month of May to prayer. Each evening, from six to seven o'clock, we will be here at the church to pray with anyone who wishes to use the sanctuary for prayer time. I believe that if we, as a body, earnestly pray in unity and agreement concerning the social and political problems in our community, God will bring about positive change.
Over in the New Testament in James 4: 7-10, we find these words of encouragement and promise. "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (8) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. (9) Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and you joy to gloom. (10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up."
If we use this time, today, and the rest of this month to honestly, and consistently, pray for forgiveness of our individual sin and for the sin of our leaders, and seek God's guidance in all things, we will see positive changes in our community, our state and our nation.
Again, I invite everyone to stop by the church any evening (or every evening if you want) between 6 and 7 pm, and let's let God work His miracles.
God bless you all.