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Prayer for the Nation

John Hagee

A TIME FOR PRAYER

America needs prayer desperately. We could blame all the sinners for our nation’s lack of moral direction, but the church must bear the responsibility. Our churches live far beneath the standards of holiness established in the New Testament. The “mainstream” church ordains homosexuals, defends abortion, and denies the Virgin Birth, miracles of healing, and the truth of God’s Word. When a nation abandons God, He abandons that nation. Psalms 78-81 gives us a blueprint on how to pray for our nation with a call for praise, repentance, and restoration and concludes with God’s expectations and promises.

ISRAEL LOOKS BACK AT GOD’S HELP

In Psalm 78, Asaph recalls Israel’s history, which was saturated with God’s provision, His leadership, His miracles, and His working power. For generations, the fathers had told their sons about the greatness of God, His mighty deliverance from Egypt at Passover, the sun standing still for Joshua, answering Elijah by fire, and the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. From their history the people could learn what to do to please God and what not to do to avoid His judgement. Today, historical revisionists are rewriting America’s history. Our forefathers are presented as evil and corrupt. Their trust in the Almighty is omitted from the public-school textbooks to separate church and state even at the expense of truth. Why? So that our children will ignore what they said and did to make America great. America’s history is full of God’s grace and power in the establishment of this nation, and there are countless examples of leaders who pursued God’s grace and power in times of trouble.

PRAISE FOR GOD’S HELP

On the Mayflower, the future colonists drew up the first written agreement for self-government ever put in force in America. After sixty-five days at sea, the pilgrims anchored their ship off Plymouth Rock. Before going ashore, forty-three pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, which begins with the words, “Having undertaken for the Glory of God and Advancement of the Christian faith.” Today, that document would be attacked by the ACLU demanding separation of church and state.

At Valley Forge, as the ragged soldiers braced themselves against a bitter winter wind and fought hunger, George Washington, knelt in the snow to pray. God answered him. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln pled with God to spare the Union. God answered. Lincoln’s speeches were full of scripture. Today, he would be ridiculed for his faith.

In World War I, America’s doughboys knelt in the trenches, hiding from mustard gas and praying to God for victory. He answered. During World War II, there were numerous times when the war could have been lost – Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Dunkirk .but the hand of God spared us.

I remember most vividly D-Day, when General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was raised by praying parents, sculpted the D-Day invasion on the Normandy Beaches. The day was not going well as our troops were pinned down by gunfire. Here in America, believers were praying. My parents took me to a prayer meeting where hundreds of people knelt on a gymnasium floor to pray for American troops. We did not know what was happening on the front, but we knew we needed to pray. And pray we did – all day and all night. I was only six years old, but I will never forget the power of the voices calling out for God’s intervention. God was listening to us pray in Texas and all over America. He answered our prayers. To claim God’s blessings on America’s future, we must praise Him for the blessings in America’s past and ask for His help now.

REPENTANCE IS THE KEY

The next part of the blueprint is repentance. God’s people must recognize that He is sovereign, and that the national welfare is at stake. Without His intervention, the Israelites would fall.

They have laid Jerusalem in heaps… For they have devoured Jacob, And laid waste his dwelling place

(Ps. 79:1, 7).

Without His intervention, America will fall. But the prayer of repentance is

Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, For we have been brought very low (Ps. 79:8).

A PLEA FOR RESTORATION

Restoration is the third phase of the blueprint. Three times Psalm 80 carries the prayerful words, “Restore us, O God.” We know that God restored Israel numerous times. This should be our plea to restore America to the day when “in God we trust” was a way of life and not a meaningless slogan on a piece of paper or coin.

Psalm 81 proclaims God’s expectations from us. This is the foundation upon which everything rests. God expected the Israelites to follow His ways.

But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels. Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! (vv. 11-13).

If they had, God would have subdued their enemies and fed Israel with the “finest of wheat” and with “honey from the rock’ (v. 16).

GOD HEALS A NATION

God’s expectations for our nation or for any nation are no less. Israel’s history shows how a nation can find and lose favor with God and what God will do if the people repent and ask to be restored. “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chr. 7:14). America needs to be restored. America needs our prayers. Let us take America back to God one heart at a time, one home at a time, one city at a time.

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