James 5:16 “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.”
After December’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the following was defiantly emblazoned on the cover of the New York Daily News … “God Isn’t Fixing This.” The accompanying article started with the thought that “prayers aren’t working” and went on to describe the futility of prayer as a solution to our nation’s problems.
The author may be partly right – our prayers haven’t been working. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that this situation says far more about us than it does about God. Our prayers can be effectual, availing much, but they must be accompanied by purity and fervency. As a nation, are we praying as should? No! Are we as repentant as we should be? No! Are we as fervent as we should be? No!
The deteriorating conditions in our nation are not the fault of a loving, all-powerful God. Instead of placing blame upward, we should place our blame inward. The situation we face is our fault, and until we focus on righteousness, humility, and fervency, we shouldn’t expect things to change.
PLEASE PRAY FOR A NATIONWIDE, HUMBLE SELF-REFLECTION ON THE ROOT CAUSE OF OUR PROBLEMS. Until we affix our eyes on God, He shouldn’t be expected to fix anything.
SET YOUR ALARM: If you’re alarmed (that the election season is upon us without us committing to a season of prayer) set your alarm (to pray for our nation)!