Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Day of Prayer: What I am NOT Praying For

1. America.
Though we gather in prayer, as Americans, we are not to pray only for America. I will be praying for "...a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." Revelation 7:9
Christians are also not the only ones praying. Don't mistake this as a "Christian Day of Prayer". (1) (2)

2. That our government starts acting like Christians.
I'm praying that we will.
God never promised us a "Christian" nation. At least until Jesus reigns as king! We need to stop expecting non-Christians to act like they are. Even if they do, it gives nothing but false hope in their "goodness". We need to be the ones acting like Christians. That doesn't mean fussing and fighting about political stance - though we should stand up for our values. You want them to start passing laws you believe in? Then share the Gospel and disciple them.
With whom have you shared the love of Christ without condemnation and judgement?
Whom are you discipling right now?

3. That people start coming to church.
Sorry, pastors, but too many people in our society think it's enough to sit in church. Too many Christians refuse to share Christ because they can just "invite them" and let the pastors do it since it's "their job". Too many never mature beyond a Sunday service where they were "fed by the pastor".

I'm praying they come to Jesus.

Church is the natural step after true salvation. We want to be together in love and encouragement. I'm not saying it's not a good idea to invite people to church or that salvation can't occur there. We just need to stop acting like that's the only place it can occur in order to wimp out of our own obligation to Christ.

There is great power in prayer. Have faith, and know God will do great things for His Name. He desires all to come to Him, so just ask.... in prayer.

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