Election Day. Rumors are swirling, tempers are flaring, feelings of anticipation and dread are filling many minds and hearts. God’s people must not recoil from the process. It is both our right and responsibility to be involved in the affairs of the nation. We ought to use our influence and vote to lift up righteousness, as far as we are able. But there is one other thing that every Christian can do, and it is most important. Read this brief excerpt from Scott Pauley’s book The Need of Our Nation

The person most interested in the spiritual welfare of a nation, and most concerned with that country’s direction, ought to be those who love God and want truth and righteousness for their children. If anyone should be on their knees praying for their nation right now, it is those who say that they know and love the Lord.

If our country has so many churches, believers and preachers, why are we making so little impact? We have learned to organize, strategize, sensationalize, philosophize, commercialize, and sermonize, but we have forgotten how to agonize!

Samuel Chadwick summarized it well: “Nothing would turn the nation back to God so surely and so quickly as a church that prayed and prevailed. The world will never believe in a religion in which there is no supernatural power. A rationalized faith, a socialized church, and a moralized gospel may gain applause, but they awaken no conviction and win no converts.

We must pray for our own nation and ask God to do what only He can do. As we begin to pray, we will see God at work. Prayer is the greatest work because when we pray, we see the hand of Heaven move on Earth. We want God’s blessing, but we need brokenness (James 4:8-10). Revivals always begin in humbled hearts.

Many men and women of prayer have served the Lord and their nation in previous generations. It’s your turn. Will you accept this challenge now to start praying for your country, as one part of a unified prayer team bombarding Heaven on its behalf? Would you prioritize your life so that you can keep this divine appointment with a holy God each day?

Pray for our land, for its leaders, and for the Lord to do something great at this critical hour in history. It is prayer time in our country. If you love the Lord and our land, begin praying definite prayers in faith today. This is the need of our nation.

Would you please take time today to pray? Talk to the One who alone can rule the good and overrule evil. May God have mercy on our land. (To obtain a copy of the full book, The Need of Our Nation, click here.)