“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.” Ps. 33:12
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
America has always been considered a blessed nation. In recent years, we have seen not only a shift in our economic tide, but in our reputation globally, and our overall confidence and attitudes as a people. As we have moved away from prayer in public places, and away from honoring and respecting the foundations on which this country has been structured upon; we are feeling our foundation crumble. This verse reminds me of this gas station a few blocks from my home. It has a reputation for being a place where prostitutes and drug dealers drum up business. It is dark, dingy and run-down. Other than seeing people asking for change or looking to bum a cigarette, there does not seem to be too much activity–in the sense of selling gas. About a week ago, I drove by that gas station. I almost did not recognize it. The owner had installed bright lights all over the perimeter of it and cleaned up the dark and dingy windows. There were actual paying customers buying actual gas…not drugs! This verse instantly came to my mind. When light enters—darkness has to go. God IS light. I am unsure of why it seems like “the popular trend” to throw Him out of anything and everything. Because we all know that the minute we do that, we are embracing darkness. And as momma says, “No good things happen in the dark.” Would you pray with me for God to shine His face upon our nation again?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I lift my eyes to the only one who can save our country now. Lord, have mercy on us as we have so audaciously spit in the face of God with our selfishness and our pride. America is blessed because America built itself upon a solid foundation—that is you. We have recanted and taken back many of the oaths we have made to you, and we are paying for that dearly. Darkness is encroaching upon America. We have enjoyed our season of sin and darkness but now we are overtaken by it. We have lost our hope. We have let fear and loss and anxiety overwhelm us. We have forgotten that the one who blessed us in the first place is looking to help. God, we know that you will not thrust your salvation on a nation that refuses to humble itself before you. We humble ourselves. We know where we stand and that we are vulnerable. We lift our eyes and turn our hearts back to you. Forgive our nation and lead us into the light again. Give hope and blessings to the ones who love and serve you so we can be a living example that God answers the prayers of the ones who listen to Him. In Jesus’ precious name, bless America again. Amen.”