Nena Arias | September 26, 2022
“Call to Me, and I will answer you”
What America needs most is not a better economy, as important as that is. It is not more powerful weapons of warfare; it is not a more innovative race into space or even more scientific discoveries as great as those might be. What America needs most is prayer. As shocking as that may sound to some; this is the most dire need in America today. But the kind of prayer I’m talking about cannot just be a ten or fifteen second one or a fleeting request to get stuff. It must follow the indications of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if my people who are called by my name 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.” We need sincere prayer of repentance for our personal and national sins to remove that reproach that is keeping us in bondage and bringing on God’s judgment and destruction such as we have never seen.
Do you ever wonder why prayer is important? Is prayer necessary? Are there benefits of daily prayer? Why did Jesus spend so much time in prayer, sometimes even all night?
The spiritual practice of prayer has always intrigued me. How is it that someone here on earth can address the Almighty in heaven and see effective results due to that prayer of faith?
Why is it that even many believers only resort to prayer when things really get bad, or they have a tragedy. Prayer seems to be kind of like an afterthought rather than the first recourse and essential priority of the day. Obviously, because the importance of prayer is not understood.
Prayer is one of the greatest gifts and privileges we have especially as Christians. It’s God’s gift of his time to make himself available for conversation with us any time night or day. God makes time to listen to our heart and answers in ways beyond our comprehension. If we make time for daily prayer and conversation with God, we transform our lives and impact our world. This is why prayer should not be an afterthought as a last resort when nothing else is working. Prayer is meant to be the most crucial conversation of our day. Through prayer we can bring everything into alignment with his will. This is one of the most valuable lessons we learn from Jesus in his darkest hour here on earth, he prayed “Father,…not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
These are very important days that need our attention and diligence, especially in prayer for our nation. The waters of allegiance to God need to be stirred. And a call to action needs to be issued with prayer as our greatest resource and God as our only true hope. Only prayer can hold back the floodtide of sin and God’s judgment and release the cleansing, healing hand of God, which many of us agree is our only hope not only for survival but to impact the world with God’s principles of righteousness and governance that will bring glory to him.
Oh, that every Christian would have a burning, yearning heart for God! We want to see God’s kingdom spread over this land. We want to see God do something that cannot be explained by the television pundits, news anchors and newspaper journalists. We want something that cannot be explained by technology, personality, propaganda, or persuasion.
James 5:16 says: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
It is prayer time in America. Will you pray?