Amidst the growing chaos and fervor of our nation’s political life, we are once again reminded that our nation’s survival does not depend solely on the virtues of men, but on the power of God.
Even a global superpower with more than 300 million people, a roaring economy and unprecedented freedoms is no match for the devil, who works incessantly to undo the Christian civilization that framed the greatness of our nation.
The news constantly speaks to facets of our nation’s economy: recovery, soaring markets, debt ceilings, booms, busts and more. The bold “economic” truth is that we can no longer afford the luxuries of apathy and silence regarding our nation’s future.
St. Augustine once noted that nations do not have immortal souls, so the fate of any country has to be worked out in space and time. Benjamin Franklin famously responded to the query as to what form of government the United States would have, “A republic if you can keep it.” The implication of Franklin’s response is clear and unavoidable: only a moral people, humbled before God can sustain a republican form of government.
It is therefore incumbent upon the citizens of a country to stand up and defend it, “from all enemies foreign and domestic” and lead it into the future.
But this defense must have a spiritual basis or it has no real power to change or preserve anything for “Justice exalts a nation, but sin is a people’s disgrace” (Prov 14:34). Remember the lessons of history: God builds, men destroy.
In the face of this we must turn to the power of prayer. Various prayer initiatives, like the recent call by Dr. James Dobson for prayer and fasting, can only help the cause. They are focused on the real cause for change.
Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray one great prayer, which defines our faith and unites all Christians throughout history. He gave us the Our Father as our special strength, and in reciting that prayer as a people, we will assure that our future remains under His mantle of protection.
When God hears the honest petitions of His people united in prayer, He always listens and bestows His blessings.
Let us make 2018 a year for fervent prayer and petition. We must pray for President Trump and his administration. We must pray for his protection and the Holy Spirit will guide him to successfully reforming, renewing and strengthening these United States of America. Let us also pray for all the needs of our brethren and friends. One Our Father a day is all it takes.
God cannot help but hear the united voices of millions of the faithful who cry out to Him with the greatest prayer ever uttered. “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be they name…”