Let Us Pray for America

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

Martin Luther King

In the news each day we have stories that continually underscore the need for a return to common sense - and to prayer. On the business channel they debate how much debt we should leave to our children and grandchildren. In the halls of government, they debate how much money to take from those who work for a living to give to those who vote for a living. In everything it seems that it is the rich against the poor, the young against the old, the republicans against the democrats... and we realize that we are a divided nation - so what can we do?

On June 28, 1787, men were meeting to decide the course of a nation. They were at a hopeless stalemate and many were ready to call it quits and return home to thirteen individual colonies, rather than to persevere in the noble task of becoming one nation under God. That's when Ben Franklin got to his feet and reminded those present of something they had all seemed to have forgotten. Here is a portion of that plea:

"In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine assistance. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor... Have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance?

 We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel."

The men listened to that elder statesman that day and the convention recessed for three days of preaching and prayer. When they reconvened on July 2, they did so as a group of individuals determined to become a united nation. Could it be just barely possible that we could accomplish the same thing again, if we became a nation that returned to God in repentance and in prayer? Or, have we just become too sophisticated, proud and utterly devoid of common sense? I am convinced that it is not too late to humble ourselves and beseech our Maker in prayer for His help. But, we better start soon!

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. 

James 5:13, NIV