Help Us, Lord!
Pastor Mark Jeske

Does the concept of a national day of prayer resonate with you? I could understand if it didn’t. You may say that it’s not the government’s job to call people to prayer—it’s the church’s job. And in a sense you’d be right.

But any government has a lot to gain from inviting its citizens to pray for the country’s well-being. Since Christians (me included) are so often lazy and forgetful, we can stand the reminder. Besides, God himself encourages believers to intercede with him on behalf of their fellow citizens: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7).

If God had blessings in reserve that he would dump out upon the corrupt and violent Babylonian Empire at Jeremiah’s time, how much more could he be holding in reserve above the skies of our country today? What if he’s just waiting for his children to ask? Imagine if all the Christians in our country would ask for less violence, less injustice, more prosperity, and more peace?

This is not to say that our country deserves God’s blessings because it is a Christian country. In many ways it is not. But God answers prayer not on the basis of the merits of the petitioner. He answers prayer on the basis of the pure grace purchased for us by his Son, Jesus. Help us, Lord!


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