40 Days of Prayer to Change America
We often forget that it was the politics of His day that were the immediate cause of Jesus' death. The Roman occupation of Israel, coupled with the jockeying of power among several Jewish sects, created a tension that simply couldn't allow for a popular miracle-working preacher who offended all of the powers that were present. Much of Jesus' teaching dealt with how to live in such a politically tense situation.
As we look at Hebrews 12:2, we are reminded how hard it was for Jesus as He struggled with the political system of His day. It led to a cross. We can't assume that just because we pray for our nation everything will immediately get better and we'll all live happily ever after. The truth is, though our prayers can and do make a difference, we must still pay a price.
- Fix your eyes on Jesus and thank Him for enduring the cross on our behalf.
- Ask the Lord to show you how to pray for our nation --- especially a political system that seems increasingly ineffective.
(reprinted from Charisma magazine)