During my annual time of prayer, assessment, and goal setting at the end of 2012, I came to a shocking revelation about myself. Though I was a faithful Bible-believing Christian who loved America and served in the military for my entire adult life, I had failed to regularly pray for my country. For those many years, it was as if I thought that I could make more of a difference for the United States through my career than through my prayer. Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, what America needs is daily, widespread, fervent prayer to change our national spirit so that the Lord can change our national direction.
At the beginning of January 2013, I began to pray specifically and regularly along these lines. While doing so, the Lord impressed upon me that I should do even more. In obedience to the Lord and in alignment with this burden, I have done so. Indeed, nearly every day since the first of February 2013 I have walked out of my office around lunchtime, found a place to pray, and prayed fervently for America. The few minutes that this has taken out of my day has only furthered this heart-felt, Christ-ordained burden.
It is likely that there are many others like me who love our country dearly, who are deeply concerned with our national direction, but who have failed to uphold the nation in prayer. If so, I would encourage you to start now praying regularly and fervently. Join the PLUS concept – Prayer at Lunchtime for the United States; encourage others to join you. As American Christians at this point in our history, we may indeed be called “for such a time as this.”
Encourage Bible-believing Americans to take time to specifically pray for our nation and our leaders at lunchtime every day. Praying is the least we should do and the most we can do to make an impact on this nation; it is our most basic Christian citizenship responsibility.
The official kickoff was on 25 March 2013.
Vision: Americans united by a humble spirit that uplifts the Lord to His rightful preeminence in all the affairs of our nation. Christians stepping out of their places of work at lunchtime all around America to specifically pray for our nation and its leaders.
Mission: Spur a nationwide upswell of daily, local, fervent prayer for the United States by Bible-believing Christians
Goal: Regular prayer to change our national spirit so that the Lord can change our national direction
Theme verse – Esther 4:14b “and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
This site, and the associated Facebook and Twitter sites, will provide a weekly prayer theme to guide Christians in their prayers – weekly posts will be based on an important Bible principle and specific scripture. They will be challenging and thought-provoking. The posts are directed towards Christians like me, who have failed to pray as we should and on whose watch this nation has drifted from its foundation. Christians are encouraged to find a place to pray and advertise it so that others can join them. This type of group prayer will create an environment of encouraging others, challenging others, and prompting accountability.
This is a decentralized movement with weekly prayer help posts. People are on their own to find ways to pray and encourage others to pray. The intent is for this movement to spread through word-of-mouth to pastors, friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow students, fellow church members, children, and parents. The Prayer Meeting Revival of 1857 is the closest model of this movement – it is an example to follow in America today.
This is not a political group or an advocacy group – it is a group united by a common concern regarding the way our nation has drifted away from the Lord. It is a call for Christians to exercise their citizenship responsibilities to pray for our nation and its leaders, and to pray that the Lord will change our national heart so that He can change our national direction.
IF YOU ARE ALARMED, SET YOUR ALARM! If you are alarmed (with the direction of our nation), set your alarm (to pray for our nation).