If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
The election is finally over… some of you may be pleased with the result, others may be upset. Whatever your opinions on the outcome, it is still pretty clear that we as a country are so divided and our land needs to be healed. Our Pledge of Allegiance states “One nation, under God, indivisible…” but it’s pretty clear that that is not what we’ve been seeing this year. I think we were all hoping that come November 9th, all of the Trump vs. Hillary arguments would cease, but between the riots happening all over the country and the politically-based cyber bullying, we see that is not the case.
Matthew 21:22 and Mark 11:24, both speak on the power of prayer. These verses tell us to have faith and believe that the Lord is capable of answering the prayers of your heart, because He is. John 14:13-14 states, Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
“Praying in Jesus’ name means praying with His authority and asking God the Father to act upon our prayers because we come in the name of His Son, Jesus. Praying in Jesus’ name means the same thing as praying according to the will of God (1 John 5:14-15).” – GotQuestions.org
Prayer is one of our most powerful tools. We have the ability to ask the Lord to grant us peace in our nation, which is something we should continuously pursue (Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 3:11, James 3:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:15, and Proverbs 12:20 are only a few examples). When we pray that the Lord would use us in powerful ways which will contribute to peace in our land, we should know that it may not be comfortable or even easy, but our prayers are powerful and will contribute to the overall health of this land.
We are the light of the world. That means we have a big responsibility to live our lives in godly ways and make prayer a core value in our own lives. Martin Luther once stated, “A Christian without prayer is just as impossible as a living person without a pulse.” Mark 11:25 states that when we come before God in prayer, we should forgive those who have wronged us. (That includes the person who insulted you because you didn’t share the same political views.) We should also practice thanksgiving (Colossians 3:17, 4:2, Colossians Psalm 100:4). Prayer is so vital always, and when we are in the midst of division in our nation, it is so great to know we have the most powerful tool available to us – a one-on-one conversation with God.
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. She is so excited that after 5 years on Summer Staff, she now has the opportunity to serve at Keswick year-round. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!