The Midwestern United States are being hurt by high temperatures and low water levels. Crops are withering, fish are dying. Do I believe this has something to do with God's displeasure with killing the unborn and redefining marriage? As well as the harassment and persecution directed at those who object? Absolutely.
The fact that I have not changed anything in the Prayer Calendar on this site does not mean I'm against praying for this drought to end. It's a national problem and calls for all Christians in this country to pray for it.
The entire situation is simply more reason I need to develop the prayer habits I have tried to encourage by creating the Calendar. Yes, I miss days. Too many. But I have not given up, nor forgotten the concept. To that degree, it has taken hold in my life, and I hope it will take hold in other believers' lives also. (First I need to see more page visits in my statistics.)
If we as Christians want to see America move in a particular direction, obeying God's Word by fulfilling His instructions to pray for "all who are in authority" will help our prayers to be answered, just to start. Far too many historic Christian writers who are widely accepted as knowing about prayer have spoken of how we must pray specifically. By directing specific prayer at specific leaders and even bureaucratic personnel in government, some of whom may have never been prayed for in their lives before, we will have an effect.
As I've mentioned before, we all have our "betes noirs" in some level of government for whom it would be hard to pray for them to be blessed or relieved or helped, or whose change of heart or salvation seems like a remote possibility at best. To us, at least. They are still human beings. Few are worse, or even as bad, as the Roman emperors for whom Paul said his contemporaries should pray. Not just at, but for. In some cases, that is a tall order.
If the best you or I can manage in some cases is "The Tsar's Blessing," [a reference to a scene in the musical, "Fiddler On the Roof" where a rabbi says that the appropriate blessing for the Tsar is, "God bless and keep the Tsar - far away from us!"], that's better than nothing. But if we are led by the Spirit to do better, which we may, let us pray better.
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