The holiday table is prepared for the annual feast. There is turkey, stuffing, hot rolls and pumpkin pie, but something is missing.
The holiday spirit has taken a dive. The abundance of food on the table is in sharp contrast to the condition of our country. We are in debt up to our eyeballs to the Communist Chinese. The economy is stagnant, and there is no relief in sight. Unemployment is high along with the price of energy and every other necessity. The promised health-care reform has proved to be a sham, leaving us worse off than before.
The once powerful United States of America has become a paper tiger in the eyes of the world. We are no longer respected, admired or feared. What is to become of us?
Despair and uncertainty has gripped the nation. Not since Jimmy Carter, in 1979, has the country suffered such malaise. As we prepare to celebrate with family and friends, we are searching for something, anything, to lift us out of this downward spiral.
The answer is the very thing that is missing. It is prayer.
We pray before our holiday meal and ask the Lord to bless our food which is fitting and right.
However, the kind of prayer that is missing is the bold prayer of believing Christians that gave our forefathers the courage to stand against the tyranny of mighty England, the kind of prayer that led to the miracles that enabled our rag-tag army to prevail, the kind of bold prayer that can save our nation.
Like the children of Israel, we have become an idolatrous nation. We now call good “evil” and evil “good.” We no longer look to God to save us. We look to a man, in our case a president, when he cannot save himself.
When Israel refused to repent, God did not spare his chosen people the punishment for their sin. Surely, He will not spare us.
On a recent trip to the Promised Land, I had the privilege to stand on Mount Carmel. Many years ago, a lonely prophet, Elijah, at God’s direction, challenged the 450 prophets of Baal to a duel by fire (I Kings 18). Elijah first prayed for the fire, and then he prayed for the rain to break a three year drought as though his life depended on it … because it did.
How long has it been since we prayed as though our very lives – and the life of our nation – depended on it?
Pastor Rob Zinn, who led our small group to Israel, reminded us of one of the most important biblical truths: God does nothing but in answer to believing prayer. That’s an awesome concept to grasp.
Later, when we returned to the states, Zinn explained this concept to his entire congregation at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highlands, Calif. As I watched His message, “The Secret of Power,” I was struck with a sense of urgency to call upon the Lord to save this nation and its people.
When God created man, He gave man the power to rule over all the earth (Genesis 1:26).
In Genesis 3, man rebelled and willingly surrendered his power to Satan. God was obliged to recognize Satan’s authority on earth (2 Corinthians 4:4) because His power is governed by His own moral law. Jesus did not question this authority when He was tempted by Satan (Luke 4).
It was man who gave his authority over to Satan. Therefore, it had to be a man, a sinless man, who took it back. When Jesus rose from the dead, He broke Satan’s power over the earth (John 12:31). By His death and resurrection, He won the victory and pronounced sentence. One day Satan will be bound forever, never again to do his evil work (Revelation 12:9). But for now, Jesus has complete power over Satan when we call upon His name.
Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in My name I will do.” (John 12:30)
Our hearts are heavy this Thanksgiving for a reason. When God puts something on our hearts, He is inviting us to call upon His name. When we are willing to turn from our wicked ways, He will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Make no mistake. This will require an action on your part. Prayer is a two-way street.
Think about that before your offer your prayer over Thanksgiving dinner. Then pray as though your very life and the life of this nation depends on it, because it does.