40 Days of Prayer to Change America
(Day 34: Legislation)
"Therefore, be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statues, and say, "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
"For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?
"And what great nation is there that has such statues and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?" ---- Deuteronomy 4:6-8
What makes a nation great? Its military forces or it's growing economy? Great natural resources or an industrious people? All of those certainly contribute to the greatness that nations strive for. But the Bible shows us a different perspective. It's a fascinating national concept found buried in Deuteronomy 4:6-8, which proves the greatness of a nation is directly related to the righteousness of its laws and rules.
As our nation began, our laws were made in recognition of God. Even though a number of our founding fathers were not active Christians, they all had a respect for the laws of God and literally based the new nation's laws upon what they considered Divine law. God blessed their decision and greatness was achieved.
Over the years the making and understanding of law has drifted from that strong godly perspective. Increasingly, lawmakers are looking to other nations or cultural trends for guidelines in laws. It could be argued that our greatness as a nation is drifting with that trend. It's time to begin praying for a return to laws that have their basis in God's Word.
- Thank God for a good foundation for this nation in the nature of its laws and pray for a return to that solid foundation.
- Pray for the judges of this nation that they would seek God's wisdom.
(reprinted from Charisma magazine)