Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Can a Prayer Save America

Hi folks, I've been on "sabbatical" for a bit. I got this in e-mail today and rather than send it on, I'm posting it here. More later from me. You are all in my prayers. Blessings and love, Penny

Can a Prayer Save America?
During the Civil War, a friend of Abraham Lincoln was a visitor at the White House. "One night I was restless and could not sleep...From the private room where the President slept, I heard low tones. Instinctively I wandered in, and there I saw a sight which I have never forgotten. It was the President, kneeling before and open Bible. His back was toward me. I shall never forget his prayer: 'Oh, Thou God that heard Solomon in the night when he prayed and cried for wisdom, hear me...I cannot guide the affairs of this nation without Thy help. Hear me and save this nation."
When the leaders of our country assembled to write the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin proposed that each session be open with prayer. Franklin said, "I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth--- that God governs the affairs of men."
Our nation is great because it was founded upon God's Word and prayer. But today prayer has been replaced by political intrigue, materialism and a mistaken notion that our private and national affairs can be run without God.
Be here and there throughout America voices are heard, as individuals and groups begin to call on God in prayer. But this whole nation must be moved to prayer. So great are the dangers, so grave the perils, so tremendous the problems, that it is imperative that we lay hold upon the Lord God in prayer for His will.
Prayer can save America. There is only one way out, and that is up! If we do not turn to God, we will be overcome by the godless. It is either revival or ruin! It is now or never! The answer will not be found by the UN or NATO. The answer will be found only when we call upon the Lord God. Spiritual values must be restored. We must return to the faith of our fathers and to family prayer and the Bible.
Christ's death and resurrection make it possible for you to have victory over sin and a vital relationship with God. Only then can He hear and answer your prayers...both for America and your own personal needs. Receive Him today. "For as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name."
Then you can claim God's promise: "If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal the land."
I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established on those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies (and to pray for its leaders).


sober white women said...

I may not always agree with everything that goes on in this country, but I do pray for our troops and for our leaders.

Heli gunner Tom said...

I have heard that God only hears the prayers of the righteous--those with an honest, humble heart. The 'model prayer' that all Christians should know is found at Matt.6:9 and has the proper 'priority' just like a can or jar of food: "let YOUR name be sanctified. Let YOUR Kingdom come." Kingdom means Government, and if God's Kingdom were on earth-- there would be no crime, corruption, greed or evil ! Most people really don't know/ understand that they are praying for their own eternal damnation.


Cathy said...

Oh Penny how I wish I could agree but this "nation" was not founded on God's word or prayer or religion. Either way however, prayer is a healing balm and powerful force, I recommend doing it and allowing oneself to receive it.

Lisa said...

I love this entry Penny! It is truth and what we need to hear and I loved reading about the prayer of Abraham Lincoln and am inspired by it.