Today is the National Day of Prayer– when we’re supposed to ask God’s blessings on our Country and our World. A day I’m regularly ambivalent about.
Should we pray for our Country? Yes. But shouldn’t we also pray for our neighbors around the planet and even our enemies? Absolutely. Unfortunately, however, the NDP regularly becomes nothing more than nationalism parading as Christianity.
I’m all for national pride. I think we Americans are the most blessed on the planet. I think God has granted us far more than we deserve, and I think we’ve squandered it in an orgy of selfishness and self indulgence that the ancient Romans would admire.
I think if we Americans pray for anything today it should be to pray for national revival and spiritual awakening. If that doesn’t come- if that doesn’t happen, then one day it may be the case (and I’ve mentioned this before) that God may tell us what he told Jeremiah (three times!) –
“As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.’ – Jer 7:16
“Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.” – Jer 11:14
“Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for these people anymore.” – Jer 14:11
The National Day of Prayer may need to become, among those who have an ear to hear, the National Day of “Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.”
Maybe it already has, considering how far we’ve turned from God.