Praying for Our Country

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson 

 My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law. Psalm 119:136

Everywhere I turn I see people crying out against our political situation. And while I do have personal opinions about events of these days—what I’m truly mourning is the fact that we’re no longer looking to God for morality, but to man.

I don’t believe it’s possible to legislate morality.

Don’t misunderstand me, we need to have laws and penalties for lawbreakers. But those fall under the headings of consequences and deterrents.

Each of us carries a foundational idea of right and wrong. It’s something that God has instilled within us. You see, our conscience comes from God. It was created within us when we were formed in the womb. If we were just products of Darwin’s theory, then our consciences would be weighted with a foundation of kill or be killed—survival of the fittest. Instead, we have a different foundation.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at our laws. Take a look at our day-to-day interactions. We don’t reward bullies and those who look out only for themselves. Our belief system reflects something more than that. It reflects God.

We can stifle our conscience by ignoring it and trying to re-educate it. But it’s still there, and when we once again turn our ear to that pure voice, it will spring back to life.

In these days, we each need to turn back—to look to God to dictate what is right and what is wrong. First as individuals, then as a country. When we make God our priority, then the other things will fall into place. We’ll interact with one another in love.

No, I’m not suggesting some type of hippy nirvana filled with a false sense of anything goes. Or a watered-down interpretation of God-is-Love .

I mean real love.

The hard kind.

The kind that calls for

  • Loving our enemies.
  • Forgiving those who wrong us.
  • Holding one another accountable.
  • Turning the other cheek.
  • Standing up for what is right, whether it’s the law or not.

When we look to God for the answers, we’ll find unity.

Not uniformity, never that. God created each of us unique and special. But He gave us traits in common—with Him—and with each other.

So this year, I’m praying for our country. And I’m not praying small. I’m not focusing on individual sins. I’m first praying about my own short comings and asking for forgiveness and a renewed sense of right and wrong. I want God to clean out the junk and put me back on a track to be more like Him. Then I’m asking God to claim this country as His—with His definition of right and wrong.

Can one person make a difference?

Maybe not at first.

But for a difference to be made, we must all begin alone, in a one-on-one conversation with God. Then, when all those individuals come together and return to God, absolutely.

Will you join me?

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. II Chronicles 7:14

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Edie-MelsonAbout the author:  Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, whether she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction, or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker, she’s encouraged and challenged Edie Melson soul careaudiences across the country and around the world. Her latest book, Soul Care When You’re Weary, is available at local retailers and online. Connect with her further at www.EdieMelson.comand on Facebook and Twitter.

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One thought on “Praying for Our Country

  1. Though I pray for our nation, I can feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem. But I have also learned to see my city as my nation. These are my people! It is where I live – where I have some influence – where I can pray knowledgeably about the needs. If you look at the Bible and how God judges people, you will see that He usually judges cities rather than entire nations. Sodom, Gomorrah, Nineveh, Babylon…. When Israel disobeyed Him, God punished the part of the nation that stood in defiance and protected Judah until the time came when Judah, too, was corrupt. So I pray fervently for my city. I pray for the people whom I meet throughout the day. I listen to the cries from their hearts. And I love them for Jesus. I share my faith with them. I am not content to just let them think I’m a “nice person” and “let my life be the sermon”. No. I encourage – in Jesus’ name. I offer hope – in Jesus’ name. I pray with them whenever they express a need – in Jesus’ name. Maybe in this way, by doing my part in loving and praying for my people, I can be one of many lights across the nation as other Christians do the same where they are. Grassroots praying and loving is powerful! It can change a nation. Sheri

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