America is facing some tough times right now. As Americans, we can become overwhelmed and let these tough times divide us, depress us, and defeat us.
Or…as Christian Americans, we can see the devil’s schemes for exactly what they are, merely new tactics in the same ol’ struggle to steal, kill, and destroy.
And once we see the truth of these schemes, each Christian must armor up and take his or her place in this battle. Gratefully, Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us exactly how to put on His armor, and then take our place in the stand against the enemy’s dark, divisive, and destructive schemes.
In our family, we have decided to do just that. We have honed in on verse 18 of Ephesians 6: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
In fact, my sister recently issued a family battle cry for each of us to get our battle gear on and join her each day to pray for our nation, our leaders, our churches, our communities, and our families. And she was refusing to take no for an answer because she knew that she had heard from God.
Now…to understand the urgency of her call to prayer, you first have to understand that my sister is the quiet, unassuming one of us. Yes, we are all Christians, and yes, we all love each other; but our love often gets loud, rowdy, and opinionated, to say the least.
Truly it is my sister’s gentleness, hospitality, and quiet grace that form the anchor holding us all together. And she does it without ever raising her voice or making demands – until now.
So when she called, or better yet, demanded via Facebook that we join her in daily prayer, we knew it was time to pray. She instructed us to ask our friends and church families to join us. So, I am sharing her invitation with you, straight from her Facebook invitation:
KNEES@NOON – Calling All Christians to Prayer.
Why just Christians?
Because I know the same Holy Spirit that lives in me, lives in us all, and if we come together in Christ, we are powerful (Matthew 18: 18-20).
Why call it battle?
Because we know that is what it is.
It is a spiritual battle, and we have believers on each side of each issue – all thinking God is with them.
We are not fighting each other. We are fighting the deceiver who has come to devour us, to steal, kill, and destroy (Ephesians 6:12 CEV).
Let us come together each day at noon [SET YOUR PHONE ALARM!] and use Paul’s letter to the Romans (Romans12: 9-21) to pray a powerful prayer of personal rededication to our Lord and Savior, and I believe He will then heal our land.
Dear Heavenly Father, Holy is Your All Powerful Name. I promise, Dear Lord, to:
-Not just pretend to love others but to really love them.
-Hate what is wrong.
-Hold tightly to what is good.
-Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.
-Never be lazy, but work hard and serve You enthusiastically.
-Rejoice in our confident hope.
-Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
-When Your people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
-Bless those who persecute me and not curse them; pray that You will bless them.
-Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
-Live in harmony with each other. Not to be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people.
-And not to think I know it all!
-Never pay back evil with more evil.
-Do things in such a way that everyone can see I am honorable.
-Do all that I can to live in peace with everyone.
-Never take revenge. I will leave that to Your righteous anger.
-Not to let evil conquer me, but conquer evil by doing good.
Dear Heavenly Father, help me keep all these promises by strengthening and keeping me filled with Your Holy Spirit. I pray all these things in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!! Amen.
Please share with every Christian you know across the world. With more than 24 time zones across the world, there will be continuous prayers. There’s never been a time when we as a nation and a world have needed them more.
Well, that was my sister’s invitation to fall on our knees at noon each day, and as a family, to pray for our world. So much for quiet and unassuming, huh?
Now, prayer may not sound like the end-all, be-all solution to the world’s problems, but it’s definitely the best place to start. So, we have set our clocks and that’s where you’ll find our family each day, on our KNEES@NOON, praying for God to heal our land.
Won’t you join us?
2 Chronicles 2:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.