James 5:13-16 “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Only about a month ago, in what seems like a different lifetime on different planet, I went to one of my favorite barbeque restaurants for a sit-down meal. Mission BBQ serves outstanding food and provides a patriotic environment that stresses love of country and support for the military and first responders. I must have never been there at noon, because I discovered a unique daily ritual at that time that surprised and pleased me. When the clock strikes twelve, they stop serving food, they turn on the U.S. National Anthem, the customers rise, and the staff and customers all face the flag in the center of the room and pay tribute to our nation. It was a striking scene of pride and patriotism.
If a restaurant will take a few minutes daily to demonstrate love of country at lunchtime, how much the more should Christians demonstrate love of God and country daily by praying faithfully and fervently for our nation and her leaders … at lunchtime or during another dedicated time on your schedule. That is exactly what the PLUS Ministry is all about, and it is needed now more than ever. It is part of our responsibility to help heal the unhealthy and save the sick. It is part of a worship-filled spirit that prays without ceasing. It is a fundamental component of the recipe for revival. If Christians would faithfully do so, it would be a striking scene of pride, patriotism, praise, and piety.
PLEASE DEDICATE YOURSELF TO DAILY, FAITHFUL, FERVENT PRAYER FOR OUR NATION AND FOR OUR LEADERS. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much!