Why Should Christians Pray for This Nation?

There has been a topic which has incited controversy within the church nowadays, and it is the topic of whether or not the Church should be involved in the arena of politics. I have talked with people who have emphatically declared that the Church should have nothing to do with the government, citing the ever so famous “separation of church and state” philosophy. While I will save the discussion of the Church’s direct involvement in politics for another article, I will say that it is the duty of Christians to, at the very least, pray for this nation and its leaders. The apostle Paul charged Timothy that “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God.” Why am I talking about prayer on a political website? As a Conservative and a Christian, I desire for positive change to take place in the government and in the nation. Furthermore, I believe my faith and politics are inexplicably intertwined. Therefore, I believe that prayer is a means by which change will come, for fervent prayer is a petition to God by which change is made.

Prayer Changes Things

James 5:16 states that “the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” Other translations interpret it to be “powerful and effective.” No matter how one looks at it, prayer changes things. A prime example is in the book of Acts when the apostle Peter was imprisoned by Herod. While Peter was kept in prison, the Bible records that “earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.” The Church did not lie in apathy and cite separation of church and state as an excuse for inaction. They fervently prayed for his release, and God heard and granted their petition. If the church wants positive change in this nation, they must fervently and corporately pray like the Church did in Acts 12.

If prayer is to work, it must be persistent

While teaching on prayer, Jesus tells a parable of a widow who petitioned a judge for justice against her adversary. As many times as she tried, her plea for justice went unanswered. Nevertheless, the woman never gave up. Because of her persistence, the judge, who neither feared God nor respected man, gave in and granted the widow her request. Likewise, If the church persistently prayed for this nation, change will be brought about.

Prayer calls on a higher source for intervention

Prayer does not act like a vending machine in which you make your deposit via prayer and magically receive your answer. Unfortunately, too many people view prayer like that. Prayer is a petition to the highest authority in the universe. Philippians 4:6 says “in every situation let your petitions be made known to God through prayers and requests.” God is a God who cares for his children, and answers our petitions when we ask him, as noted in 1 John 5:14. If you are reading this and you are not a Christian, I understand your skepticism. However, if you are a Christian, ask yourself this the next time you pray: Are you praying because it is the right thing to do, or are you praying because you believe in a law higher than convention, and an authority higher than government, and are appealing to God for righteousness to reign on this land once again?

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