—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Baptist Church
Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
We raised our six children while serving as independent Baptist church planters in Bolivia, South America. When we looked into the distance and saw the flag, we—of course—saw the Bolivian flag waving in the sky.
Bolivia is isolated, difficult to visit and often in political upheaval. It is expensive to fly there, and a visa is not easy to obtain. It was far away from the US both in distance and culture. Why am I telling you this? Because the above Bible verse is true for all nations, and it doesn’t matter if you call your country a Christian nation or not. What matters is if His people are desiring Christ to increase in their lives.
We can allow Christ to increase in our lives and in our nation today, this very moment. Do you know how? By doing one of the hardest things in the entire world. We must go alone into an isolated place, close the door and pray in Jesus’ name for our nation.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
We do not have control over everything, but God does. It makes sense to ask Him to protect our nation. It makes sense to ask Him to forgive us, and bless us as a people. When we humble ourselves in prayer, we decrease so that He may increase. Yes, there are other things we must do for our nation when we get up off our knees, but first, let’s get down on our knees.
Let me quote one more powerful verse that I hope motivates you to pray for our nation, today.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
HE MUST INCREASE!