America remains at a proverbial crossroads. With each election, our nation is faced with the choice of who we will be and what our children will become. The polls, as well as our own encounters in daily life, reveal that we are a divided nation. Divided not as much by ethnic, economic, or educational factors as by worldview; the lenses through which we see and understand the world around us.
There are two competing worldviews locked in an epic struggle. There is a biblical worldview held by those who are followers of Jesus Christ and believe and live according to the truth of God's word. Then there are a host of worldviews that find their commonality in the power and authority of human beings, what is described as a humanist worldview.
Possibly, not since the first century of the church, we see the reality of Jesus' words in Luke 12:49-53 that His message is one of division. To be sure, those who accept and yield to His message can and should be unified as He prayed in John 17:20-21, but there can be no true peace and unity between followers of Jesus Christ and the world (2 Cor. 6:14).
Given this understanding of the world in which we live, what should be our course of action? For the sake of America and the rest of the world that is impacted by the choices of this nation at this point in the history of the world, we must pray! But prayer is the beginning, not the end. We must vote. We must vote fully informed and engaged in determining who will lead our nation and the policies that they will pursue. And we must stand. We must stand for the truth of God's word in every realm of society, "in season and out of season" (2 Timothy 4:2).
If you haven't already, please join believers across the country in taking the pledge to: 1) Pray 2) Vote and 3) Stand.
Beginning Sunday, September 23 and ending Saturday, November 10, there will be seven weeks of focused prayer for the Family, Church, Businesses, Education, Entertainment, Media, and Government. Each week, a prayer guide with scriptural references will be provided for those who take The Pledge. For information on how you can join with other Believers to pray, vote, and stand, click here.
Week one: Prayer for the Family
Sunday, September 23 Marriage: Pray that marriages in America, beginning in the church, would reflect the holiness, faithfulness, and self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:25
Monday, September 24 Children: Pray that America, beginning in the church, would understand and embrace the sanctity of human life.
Scripture: Gen. 1:27-28; Ps. 127; Ps. 139:13-16
Tuesday, September 25 Parents: Pray for parents, that they would love their children by raising them in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Scripture: Deut. 6; Prov. 3:5-7; Eph. 6:4
Wednesday, September 26 Children: Pray that children would obey and honor their parents that they might enjoy the blessing of God.
Scripture: Ex. 20:12; Prov. 15:20; Eph. 6:1-3
Thursday, September 27 Family Responsibility: Pray that families, beginning in the church, would care for one another and exercise fiscal responsibility.
Scripture: Is. 58:7; Mark 7:8-13; 1 Tim. 5:8; Matt. 6:25-34
Friday, September 28 The Home: Pray that in the midst of a culture that has rejected moral absolutes, creating an environment of hostility, uncertainty, and fear, that our homes would be a place of refuge, peace, and safety as we embrace the truth of God.
Scripture: Prov. 3; Ps. 91:1-2; Is. 32:17-18; Matt. 7:24-25
Saturday, September 29 Devotion to the Lord: Pray for the Christian families of America, that they would declare their unweaving allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ and that through their bold witness, other families would be transformed by the truth of the gospel being lived out before them.
Scripture: Joshua 24:14-15; Phil. 1:27-30; Col. 1:9-13; 1 Pet. 1:13-16