“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9
Recently a longtime friend said to me; “Bob, you and your people scare me. Insane!” She was serious. I wanted to ask her “Is it true that you actually stand for abortion, socialism, atheism, same-sex marriage, banning guns, higher taxes, illegal immigrants, Islam in USA, open voting, open borders, Obamacare, and against biblical Christianity, and against Police/ICE, and Capitalism? Because my contrary positions on these issues are what really scares her. But that only leads to more conflict.
So instead, my reply was; “We are committed to stop evil from controlling America and forcing it’s will on us all. If that’s insane by your definition – then yes – there are millions of us who are insane. But speaking honestly that is of zero concern to me – I answer to a different master” – Jesus said; “If the world hates you,- you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.” John 15:18-20
I also said; “How and why do we scare you? Is it because we disagree on just about everything – and the GOP now has control? I guess I can understand since liberal views are in jeopardy on basically every point. But if what is good and true is the aim, God will always protect us – no need for fear regardless of politics. God knows all.”
Worry and fear is sin. But fear is not always bad – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.” Proverbs 9:10-11
I am convinced the USA is at a tipping point and things could easily spin out of control. We need to get beyond this divisive rhetoric and politics. And there is only one way this problem can and will be resolved. Words will not do it. Only Jesus and His eternal truth can save us from ourselves.
This is a time for prayer.
A clear majority of Americans say they believe in God including my friend. Then that majority needs to be called to pray to the only One who can unify our nation.
This is a time for prayer.
Some might say; “I don’t know how or what to pray.” Or maybe you might say; “I don’t even know or believe in God.” Then pray that if there is a God … He will make Himself known to you, and alsoask God to teach you “how to pray.” But in any event, you can start by just praying for America, for all of our citizens, and pray for all of our leaders – whoever they are, and especially regardless of their views, and for those you do not like or agree with. Pray for unity on all things which honor God, and for that which is best for all in our world. Pray that God will cause our leaders to seek the truth, and do good for all … that they will bring about the will of the Creator for America. And that whatever is true, whatever is honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, that our leaders will dwell on these things … and that this will become the rule of the day rather than the current ignorant politics that usually prevails. Pray that God will cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, and to those who are called according to His purpose.
Pray that God will place a compelling burden on our leaders and our citizens hearts to do His will, and that the love of Christ will come over our nation. And that we will be brought together by the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s eternal truth.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” I Timothy 2:1-2 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” I Peter 2:17
There is no need for fear or worry. Only those who do not know God need to fear. Jesus said; “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” and also “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6
If you believe that now is a time for pray for our leaders, for America, for all of our citizens … then make a commitment and share this post with all of your Facebook friends. We have an election coming up in just over 100 days. But don’t just share this post … tag all your friends and encourage them to do the same. We need prayer to defeat the evil forces standing against us. Don’t worry, pray and rest the peace God promises. His peace surpasses all understanding. God hears our prayers and He always honors the faithfulness of those who love Him.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. Psalm 91:15
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Prayer changes things.
Grace and Peace to you my friends, Bob West ©