If I have learned anything as a coach, parent and teacher is that nothing is immune from evil. Some of the godliest churches, people and nations have fallen away from God and slipped into a state of darkness. Trying to turn these dire situations around by mere human strength is impossible. The next time this occurs its important to seek a higher authority by applying an old prayer for a new place.
Then Abraham approached God and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake,” Genesis 18:23-26.
Even democrats and republicans can agreement that this past election cycle has been as bad as it gets. The desire to win has created one of the nastiest and ugliest campaigns ever. After the last votes have been counted, some cities and states have gotten worse, turning loses into riots. Despite whatever ideology you may share, its time to come together, uniting under one mediator, the Creator of the heavens and earth, to approach God with a plea to spare this nation for the sake of the righteous.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:43-44.
Perhaps Jesus was thinking about the United States of America circa 2016 when He shared these words above. The easy thing to do in life is love those who think like you and hate everyone else. Yet, Jesus has higher standards for those who long to be followers of the cross. Therefore, ask the Lord to transform your heart, soul and mind. Turn hatred into love and enemies into friends. When individuals begin to rely on old prayers for new situations, nothing is impossible for God.
by Jay Mankus