Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Our Go-To Solution

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

prayinghandsforamericaPolitical scandals. Terrorism. Out of control federal spending. Activist judges. Infringement of religious liberties. Eroding respect for marriage. Destruction of human life.

Fresh examples of all these problems — along with many others — have dominated the news cycle lately. Discouraging headlines on each of these fronts have served as reminders that our country is still dealing with these same challenges after many years (often decades) of struggle.

My temptation is to sometimes think that America is hopelessly broken — that these problems won’t go away, because we’ve seen so little progress for so long.  I catch myself thinking that our best efforts will only slow the deterioration, not stop the decline.

But this defeatist attitude is entirely misguided.  As a Christian, I need to remember that I serve a God who has been reigning over the rise and fall of every nation from the beginning of history.  America is no exception to that rule.  Nobody — no crooked politician, radical lobbyist group, or militant terrorist network — ultimately has any power to alter the plans crafted by the King of kings and Creator of the universe.  In these moments, I must recall the assurances throughout Scripture that “God reigns over the nations” (Psalm 47:8) and that “He removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21) according to His purposes.

These reminders produce hope in the midst of my discouragement. When grounded in the truth, the headlines don’t matter as much, because I can have faith that God is somehow at work behind the latest worrisome newsflash.

While these facts don’t excuse us as Christians from taking meaningful action to influence our society, the fundamental reality of God’s total control over all things means that the most important task we can perform is prayer. It means that in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations, we should ask God to work mightily in our nation, not as a final recourse in a lost situation, but as our go-to solution. As Oswald Chambers writes, “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”

In the face of bad news, we need to be more consumed with trust in God than with the direness of the current situation. Even in the most disheartening of times, our requests should always be filled with faith, since we know that the Lord hears our prayers and “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).  For it is He, not we, who must ultimately bring spiritual transformation to our nation and rescue us from the deep-seated troubles our country faces. Have no doubt; this is good news for the Christian.

 

 

Election Day 2012 Prayer

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

It was the custom of General Dwight Eisenhower the night before he ordered troops into battle to observe his men, salute them and then bow his head in prayer.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal stated that General Eisenhower is famous for having penned a statement to be issued in anticipation of the failure of the Normandy invasion in which he took full responsibility for the decision he made. A week later, when the success of the invasion was apparent, Eisenhower saluted the Allied Expeditionary Forces, and said, “Your accomplishments … have exceeded my brightest hopes.” Victory became possible with the first foothold in northwestern Europe now established.

Gracious Father, we do not want to have to wait one week to declare VICTORY in this election. We have observed the candidates; we salute them for their efforts, and now we bow our heads in prayer asking that You give America the victory in the selection of Godly men and women with great moral authority and a passion to restore righteousness and prosperity to our land. May the people of this country vote intelligently after You bring to light the things they need to know, so they vote in line with Your plan, will and purpose. Encourage this country’s citizens weary of sin and degradation in our nation’s leaders to vote only for men and women of integrity and honesty who will take full responsibility for the decisions they make.

We claim the words of 2 Samuel 23:10, 12, “The Lord brought about a great victory that day …”  Father, the result of all that we have done through prayer, the work of our hands and the gifting of our hearts in support of candidates during this campaign, have exceeded our brightest hopes. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Corinthians 15:57.

Nancy Staible is a Concerned Women for America member from Pennsylvania and former CWA Board Member and State Director.

Say a Little Prayer

Monday, October 31st, 2011

First, let me say this: How many debates do we really need to have?  Second, how encouraging is it to see a woman running for president who isn’t afraid to pray for her country?  I know I am not the only one overjoyed to see a woman standing her ground.  It’s refreshing to finally see female leaders, like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, unashamed of their faith.  But Bachmann displayed extraordinary courage when recently asked if she’d be willing, as president, to lead the nation in prayer.  She stated, “I think that a president doesn’t lose their First Amendment right to freedom of speech and expression and religious worship and liberty … I would be most pleased to do that – to lead the nation in prayer.”  Of course, her remark sent critics into a tizzy, with many of them babbling on about “separation of church and state.”

Now, I haven’t decided who I will vote for, and it surely won’t be based on gender, but we have to respect the place and purpose of women in our country today.  While there are more men on the debate platform this year, there are more women at the polls.  These women are everyday wives, moms, and friends, and they have been the largest voting bloc in this country since 1964.  Women are America’s ultimate decision-makers – from what foods to pack in our kids’ lunches to who should be president, women call the shots.

Besides bold national female leaders, our country needs courageous leadership from everyday women.  As the CEO of the largest public policy organization for women, I know they can swing this election and the direction of our country for the greater good.  A relatively new phrase, “Wal-Mart moms,” has gone viral.  According to Reuters, a Wal-Mart mom defines America’s middle class wives and mothers who choose to shop at the discount superstore in order to save for their households.  It is reported that the Wal-Mart mom represents 16 percent of the electorate.  If women can choose the fate of the most powerful political leader in the world, imagine what they can do for our school systems, neighborhoods, and society at large.

America is at a tipping point.  Our country is $14.6 trillion in debt, the school dropout rate is one out of every three children, 40 percent of today’s babies are born out of wedlock (many who never know their father), child abuse is reported every 10 seconds, and 1.37 million children are aborted each year.  What’s worse, we have yet to witness the consequences resulting from these tragic events.  What could lie ahead is a generation that lacks stability, discipline, and moral guidelines.

Women play a big role in solving these social problems.  Through their experience, personal choices, and willingness to stand up and speak out for their moral values, today’s women can solve these social ills and change the course of history.

So, ladies, ignore those loud-mouth critics and speak out loud.  It’s time to stand up on behalf of our children and grandchildren.  But before you do, remember to say a little prayer.