Prayer for America
What is the importance of praying for our country?
One of the most powerful examples of prayer directly influencing the U.S. Constitution took place five weeks into the Constitutional Convention of 1787. As the delegates were attempting to draft this document with the proper wording, their efforts seemed a dismal failure. Just before the exasperated delegates were to recess and return back to their respective states, Benjamin Franklin challenged them to a time of prayer, saying in part, “Have we now forgotten that powerful friend, or do we imagine we no longer need his assistance?” He went on, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” He then suggested a prayer time imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessings on their deliberations. The delegates agreed to this proposal and started the practice of a daily prayer time.
From that point on, the wording of the Constitution began to take on a near divine character of its own. I believe that presently the Christian foundation of our America has been so eroded, whether by intent or error, that we have removed ourselves from the sacred principles of the Bible and that this same God who originally showered us with great blessings, is not even acknowledged any more. This downward trend becomes evident when you see what the high court of our America has declared. Starting in 1947, under the misguided definition of separation of church and state, these the following rulings were made for our public schools: in 1962, the removal of prayer; in 1963, the removal of Bible reading; in 1965, religious speech outlawed; in 1980, the posting of the Ten Commandments outlawed. God said, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” II Timothy 4:3
So, humbly, let me offer this prayer on behalf of all Americans:
“Our Heavenly Father,
We are a Nation in desperate need of your assistance.
We have turned our ears away from the truth of your word and have become prodigals.
When our founders left England, they came with a spiritual faith in you and because of that, you blessed us beyond our dreams.
And that inspired liberty that made us prosperous for 200 years is now in jeopardy.
Shortly after your victories that brought us through World War II, we began a downward spiral of removing ourselves from your teachings, which soon caused our complacency.
Soon this complacency led to apathy and caused our dependence on a more intrusive government.
My prayer is that we as a nation, with your direction, will recognize our sins against you and of our desperate need for your help.
As we come to you in humility and surrender to your will, return us to our roots of spiritual faith in you, our creator and our Lord.
We ask it in Christ’s name.…
Gene Graves is from Rockport.