“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1–4
Sometimes as believers we are inclined to have an attitude of discouragement and defeat when we look at what’s playing out in the world around us. We may simply want to utter the words of John from Revelation 22:20, “even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.” We have concluded that when we look at our country, the world, the society in which we live each day, that there is no hope. That then end must be near.
This is a crucial moment in American history. These are days of decision, and soon we’ll be exercising our rights to participate in those decisions. But that isn’t all we can do. In fact, it isn’t the most important thing we can do. Yes, there’s something more significant:
We can pray!
We will be encouraging you to join us in taking a 31-day journey of prayer across our nation. The guide for this journey is a remarkable resource, the Pray31 U.S Prayer Atlas. You will receive a copy of this unique publication at the conclusion of our service today.
The Pray31 experience will only take about 5-10 minutes per day. And because each day’s prayer focus is distinct, we won’t get in a rut. Best of all, as we join our hearts in highly-focused prayer it will be like a spiritual laser beam. Our 31 Days of Prayer for America will happen during the month of October.
Pray31 is not intended for political expression. It is neither right, nor left, nor centrist; it is, in fact, above all positions because it looks to the supremacy of Christ. Pray31 is not country-centered but Christ-centered—a strategy to seek Him and call upon His blessing and favor. Understanding this distinction is vital to avoiding the notion that we pray in order to get our will accomplished. To the contrary, we pray for His will to be done and His kingdom to come. This doesn’t mean we can’t love our country while also loving His kingdom; in fact, it will cause us to love America even more when we look at our nation through the prism of God’s purposes.
It is important at the outset of any major undertaking to go back to the basics. That’s why every year, on the first day of spring training for the Green Bay Packers, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi would begin by holding the pigskin high above his head and saying, “Men, this is a football.” He knew the value of emphasizing the essentials. And that’s what happens in Pray31 as we say in effect, “This is intercession.” In other words, it isn’t just a program or an interesting thing to do. It is a spiritual commitment that holds the potential for spiritual results. Let’s take this journey together!