A woodpecker was pecking on a tree when he heard a loud crash. A bolt of lightening had split the tree in two. “My,” said the woodpecker, “Look what I’ve done!”
Human nature tends to lean on God when we are desperate and forget Him when we’re doing okay. God warned Israel that when they finally entered the Promised Land and enjoyed its bounty to “take care lest you forget the Lord” (See Deuteronomy 6:4-15).
Our nation’s history shows God’s involvement including the protection of George Washington. After a battle in the French and Indian War, an old Native American predicted that Washington would be “the founder of a mighty empire.” His group had targeted George Washington. Every other soldier on horseback was killed. Washington had two horses killed out from under him. His clothes were shot full of bullet holes. Yet he was untouched. Fifteen years later, a warrior who’d tried to kill Washington in that battle said he wanted to meet the man God would not let die.
One article says, “In 1779, a British Major who happened to be the head of the British sharpshooters, was about ready to shoot an American officer at close range. He felt a strong impulse not to shoot.” The officer spared was George Washington.
In our nation’s early years we recognized our debt to God. Classrooms used the Bible and textbooks to teach students not only how to read but how to live. Our founding fathers heeded the biblical warning that humankind is not essentially good. They established a system of checks and balances in our government system.
The city of Washington DC proclaims the faith of our fathers. Declarations of dependence on God anoint many of our buildings and monuments.
Sadly, today, even our history books have erased the facts about our spiritual roots. Instead of teaching our children timeless biblical principles on how to live, any reference to God and biblically based morality is censured under the guise of “separation of church and state.” Professors who introduce the idea of intelligent design are scoffed and blackballed. Yet, profane subjects are applauded as freedom of speech and expressions of art.
Our friend looked forward to law school. He believed it would be a place for the free exchange of ideas. He soon discovered that was not the case.
In one class, the professor defended a rap group’s right to fill our airways with perverse lyrics. When our friend typed out the lyrics and passed them around the class for an informed discourse, the teacher said he’d fail him if he did that again. The words were not appropriate for the classroom!
Like Israel, who forsook God and sacrificed her children to false gods, we have forsaken God. Ann Graham Lotz is calling us to prayer. I’ve signed up. As we celebrate our nation’s birth, I hope you’ll join me in praying for America.
NOTE from Anne:
As you may know, my husband is in declining health. I am no longer traveling and speaking as much as I have for the last 26 years since I am staying home to care for him. As a result, I have had time to be quiet and listen more to the whispers of the Spirit. He has revealed things to me in the stillness that I’m not sure I would have heard in my former busyness.
One of the things He has impressed on me is that we are living at the end of human history as we know it. In light of this, He has given me some practical assignments. One was to be the Honorary Chair for the National Day of Prayer 2014 this past May. He gave me the message I was to deliver, which was from Joel 1…the Day of the Lord is at hand. It was a message warning that judgment is coming.
Just recently, He has given me another assignment, which is to call His people in our nation to prayer. This assignment came indirectly from a Syrian pastor through a National Day of Prayer attendee. In obedience, I am blowing the trumpet…sounding the alarm…issuing a national prayer initiative entitled 7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month—July 1-7.
Pray! in the 7th month, July Pray! on each of the first 7 days of July, July 1-7 Pray! and fast on July 7th for 7 hours (of your choosing) The Purpose:
§ For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
§ For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
§ For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.
Sign up here to receive an email prayer each day during July 1-7 that Anne has written specifically for 777: An Urgent Call to Prayer, that will help us be united with one voice and one spirit as together we cry out to God.
Click here to share your thoughts and prayers for our nation.
Debbie W. Wilson