Why America Desperately Needs PrayerOur nation's willful rebellion against God's biblical standards continues to bring winds of change upon America. A "red sky" is rising over our land, warning us of gathering spiritual and moral storms that threaten to destroy all the blessings we have received from God.1
Jesus himself spoke about how sailors and fishermen knew how to read the signs in the skies that could forecast the weather. An old weather proverb based on Jesus' own words goes like this:
Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning.
Red sky at night, sailor's delight. 2
There are many "red skies" currently glowing in America's morning: economic troubles due to greed, rampant crime, eroding morality, threats of terrorism… Although these events are tragic, they can serve as warning signals for our nation. Just as pain in our physical bodies lets us know that something is wrong, the social, political and moral red flags of our day tell us that America has some areas of unhealthiness that need our prayers.
What You Can Do
This year, let's do whatever we can join in prayer. Whether it's setting some time aside to pray by ourselves, getting together with coworkers to pray during the lunch hour or attending a prayer service at a church, make time to pray for our nation. Remember, it's not how we pray that's important...it's the fact that we take the time to talk with God that makes all the difference.
1. Bill Bright and John Damoose, Red Sky in the Morning, NewLife Publications, Orlando, FL, 1998, p. 23.
We do not need to strive for power or hope to have power someday; we have power now! The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us (see Rom. 8:11) and we can be quickened (filled with life) by that power. This is not a onetime filling that slowly drains out of us as the days go by, but we can be filled day by day and even moment by moment. We can constantly and continually experience God’s presence and power in our lives. When we belong to Him, there is never a time when His power is not accessible to us.