Praying for Revival in America – Day 20

“And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel. ” (2 Samuel 24:25 NKJV)

In 2005, President George Bush called for a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina. Angry over what he perceived to be the government’s sluggish response to blacks and poor people in New Orleans, Reginald Jackson, president of the Black Ministers Council of New Jersey, accused the president of being “a little late” in his call for a National Day of Prayer. Consequently, Rev. Jackson and other ministers and their churches refused to “heed Bush’s request” to pray, opting instead to lodge a political protest by withholding their prayers from those who desperately needed them.

Granted, many churches had already held prayer services before President Bush’s call for a National Day of Prayer, as Reginald Jackson argued, “We’ve already prayed Mr. President.” Still, it seemed strange to me that any church would refuse to pray again, especially when their only reason for doing so was to take a swipe at a President who had called them to prayer.

Jesus said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Matthew 21:13). The Apostle Paul instructed us to pray “for Kings, and for all that are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:2). Yet, in some churches today politics takes precedence over prayer and political protests takes precedence over praying for those in authority. Maybe this helps to explain the implosion of our country and the impotence of so many of our churches.

Pray that America’s churches will wake up to the paltriness of political action and return to the power of the prayer altar.

Author: Pastor Don

Don Walton is our Senior Pastor. He leads our congregation through biblical and relevant messages every week. Each week you can hear his Sunday sermon on our website or listen to past sermons on our website’s “Weekly Sermons” page. Don also writes many of our Daily Devotions and has written a number of books and booklets to help you grow in your Christian faith.

Don is the founder and director of Time For Truth Ministries, a ministry dedicated to educating the church about end time lies and equipping it to combat them with the truths of God’s Word. Visit the Time For Truth network of websites for additional information and for resources that will both edify and enlighten you.

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