When St. Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, [and] give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) he was setting quite a high spiritual bar. Yet, we need continuous prayer more than ever in our society.
A Ravaged Society
Admittedly, there is not much to rejoice about or give thanks for in the current social environment. Our society’s main features are a massively manipulated pandemic, murderous and destructive riots in our major cities, individual persecution never seen before in America and a severely wounded economy. That is to say nothing of the emotional effect these things have on the people of our nation.
What must it be like to live in America’s ravaged inner cities today? Worse than ever. Generations of manipulative and failed government policies have left them more desolate than the vanquished southern states after the Civil War. That’s nothing to be proud of.
We are also facing a long-term situation of corruption of culture that is bigger than any one of us. It runs deeper than any decent person ever imagined it could be.
In fact, most of the official acts and policies of leftist government officials seem to be 180-degrees opposite of what is right.
Today we have governors, mayors, and DAs of major metropolitan areas aiding and abetting criminals while prosecuting law-abiding citizens for defending themselves!
We have systematic efforts to undermine the very institutions that protect us and make for a prosperous society: they’re going after the police, destroying businesses, and decimating the family. Not only that, but the radicals have announced their intentions with shameless clarity.
Everything is on its head right now.
And So We Must Pray
Many decent people are asking what the “average person” can do to save our country.
We must do everything we possibly can do in our own sphere to bring our communities and our country back to sanity, but most people have no idea how to effect change. The problems seem so immense and their solutions so complex.
We must realize that we can never win a game on defense. The best defense is a good offense, they say. And in this case I mean the spiritual offense.
In amidst all the chaos, the one thing we absolutely MUST do is get on our knees and pray that God will restore this nation that has long been dedicated to Him and His Law.
When situations are overwhelming from a human standpoint we fall back on this basic truth: “Without me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Nothing is impossible for God, if only we have faith in His power. No problem is too great for God to handle, even the decades-long, deep-rooted evils of the cultural Marxism that has taken over our society and institutions.
We turn to Him in prayer, every day. What we cannot accomplish, He can. We must continue to pray, do everything we can in our power, and, above all, trust in His power.
I’ve said it many times before. We are involved in a battle between good and evil. This sickness of our national life is a spiritual illness and can only be defeated with spiritual weapons of repentance, prayer and fasting.
The very least we can do is to pray One Our Father a day for our President and this nation. Only God can turn things around, but God always depends on our cooperation!
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