People today sense that we are rushing madly toward a climactic point in history. Authorities trying to discover the basic cause of the world’s ills. Millions of dollars are spent to find an answer to international problems. The stockpile of America’s problems mount higher and higher and out leaders can’t come up with an answer to what to do about it.
Could it be said that the moral disintegration of this generation is a result of a materialistic philosophy? The word of God says, “They saw the wind, and reap the whirlwind”(Hosea 8:7). We are now the unhappy possessors of a harvest of moral depravity, and we seek in vain for a cure. The weeds of indulgence have overgrown the wheat of moral restraint. All humanity is guilty.
We read in I Timothy 2:1-3, to pray for everyone including those in authority. “I urge, then first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and please God our Savior” (NIV).
From Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation appointing a National Fast Day, March 30, 1863; His words: “We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown, but we have forgotten God. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, to proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves to confess out national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
God has blessed us far beyond what we deserve, yet we know all is not right with America. We deeply need a moral and spiritual renewal to help us meet the many problems we face.
“If my people who are called my name will 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” (2 Chron. 7:14).
The nations problems are big, but God is bigger! If we dare to take God in account, confess our sin and rely unreservedly upon him for wisdom, guidance and strength, our problems can be solved.
David, the king of Israel, found himself in the midst of a confused national situation. His kingdom was torn by internal strife. People blamed the government; government blamed the people. David’s nation stood on the brink of a perilous civil war.
So David did what all intelligent people should do when they reach the end of their rope, he turned to God. The spirit of God revealed to him that the spiritual tide of his nation could rise no higher than the spiritual level of his own heart. So he fell on his knees in utter humility and prayed: “Search me O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139: 23-24). Here was a wise confession on the part of a great leader, a humble admission that a nation’s sicknesses cab be because of its spiritual ills. He prayed earnestly for God to begin the revival of his nation by kindling the fires of revival in his own heart.
The Bible teaches that God will not allow sin to go unpunished in this life or in the world to come. Sin digs for itself two hells: one this side of death, and one the other side of death. This “hell on earth” can be covered by the blood of Christ. Thousands who have lived in a veritable inferno of lusts, habits and uncontrollable passions have been saved by the grace of God.
David’s transformation, as a result of prayer was full and complete. Israel was brought into harmony with God, and David’s son Solomon brought to Israel one of the most prosperous reigns Israel had ever known. I pray our nation and leaders can do the same. Likewise, salvation can o only come to all of us as individuals as we repent and by faith receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. From my heart