Pray for Our Nation

In our community, July 4th gets a lot of special attention- more so than in many other communities. Obviously, this is connected to the fact that we are in a military community where so many serve our nation through Robins Air Force Base be it in the military or through work related to the base. A greater sense of patriotism permeates the area.

We indeed have much to be thankful for here in the United States. We are a nation that has enjoyed prosperity at a level unimagined in many other countries. While we certainly have those in poverty, the levels of poverty experienced here compared to third world countries is dramatic. That’s not to diminish the economic struggles some have here, but it is to state a fact.

We continue to enjoy great spiritual freedom that is a lasting legacy. That is something for which we give thanks. However, it’s hard not to grow increasingly concerned about what we call religious freedom. As an example, right now there is legislation being suggested in California that will greatly hamper the mission and ministry of faith based colleges and universities. [You can read more about it HERE.] It’s a sobering prospect- one that few of us saw coming even five years ago.  Where will this all lead?

As we come to celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence this July 4th, let’s be committed to praying for our nation, for our leaders, and for the upcoming presidential election. We are told by the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 2:1-4  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

            Paul doesn’t say pray for leaders with whom you agree or like but for “all who are in high positions.” Why should we pray? So “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” We desire to live in such a way that we can live out our faith and share the gospel of Jesus Christ freely and openly with others.

Let’s not despair. Let’s remember we serve a King whose kingdom will last forever. Let’s be thankful for our nation that’s under Christ’s Lordship and let’s pray for it. Let’s also enjoy celebrating the 4th of July!