A heart for America
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Matthew 23:77
Many times I feel this way about America. I cry out to God and ask: “Please hold on to us!” “Please get America back on track!” I consider that He feels the same way about America that He did Jerusalem in today’s passage. Jesus actually laments over Jerusalem because God sent them many messengers to help them to get back on track and to show them the way back to God’s blessed/planned place. Through the generations, the sent ones were rejected, beaten and murdered.
Thankfully, today, Jesus has already come to rescue us and has made a provision on an individual level. We can personally walk with Him and even when it looks like those in power are rejecting His blessed path, there are still multitudes of believers praying for and loving the people of America.
Just as it was in the Old Testament, we are now the prophets and we are the messengers that God is sending into our town, country and world. Christians are the ones carrying the message of the good news of salvation from the enemy’s oppression. God’s children are the ones empowered by His Spirit to pray and lead those around us out of the pit of destruction. We are the ones for this generation to proclaim the love of God for all people. Not just some and not just the “good” ones. God loves all people and wants them all to come to the knowledge of salvation through a right relationship with Him.
Now comes the realization that He is counting on His people to bring them in. He has constructed a plan for us to reach those who are searching and even those who are not. The power of the Holy Spirit to change a life is greater today than ever because the days we have left to reach them are shorter than ever.
Today I want to encourage you to pour out your heart before God for America! Just as Jesus prayed for Jerusalem, pray for God’s Spirit to move on the heart of the American people. Don’t be the one who looks at what is wrong and point the finger at who’s fault it is. Instead, ask God to show you how you can be a part of the answer He has already prepared for this mess. He stills takes what the enemy meant for evil and turns it for good and He still turns things around every day. Don’t look at the world and American with the attitude that there is nothing that can be done about it. Pray about it! Make a commitment to pray each day for God’s hand to move in this world. We are the force that God has placed here to make an impact with our lives, our prayer and our salvation message.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 23:31-39
31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.
33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,
35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
38 See! Your house is left to you desolate;
39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”