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#MyCountryTisOfThee: Praying for Our Country

A few months ago I found myself in a theater watching a movie that evoked two very different emotions within me. I felt such sincere patriotism and pride for my home country, yet I also felt immense sadness for the sacrifices made to ensure my safety and freedom both on the home front and abroad.

These two enigmas startled me and moved me to pray for our country and world throughout the remainder of the movie.

Post-movie, I rode home with a heavy heart. Heavy for what I had witnessed, but also heavy after realizing the 2 hours and 14 minutes I spent in the movie was the most time I’d spent praying for my nation and our world in a long time.

Fast forward to last weekend visiting my fiancé. We were sitting in the living room watching a movie with his parents when I began to hear a mild beeping noise coming from his phone. I picked it up to hand to him and noticed it was an alarm. “An alarm at 9:15pm? That’s odd,” I thought. Then my mind processed the words scrolling across his screen, “Pray for our Country.”

I was stunned. Moved. Convicted.

My mind revisited the movie theater where I was incredibly burdened to pray. And then to the time in between then and now; unfaithful prayer for a world in desperate need of a Savior.

How could I neglect this again?

I go about my daily business praying for open doors, praying for healing, praying for friendships – all of which are great things to pray for – but how could I neglect praying for the restoration of a nation and world plagued by war, pain, hurt, and corruption?

How could I neglect praying for the incredible men and women who sacrifice their time, their families, and their lives so I can live mine in peace?

I believe God’s word to be infallible and God-breathed; therefore, I believe every word of the following verses is true.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” – Mark 11:24

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” – Jeremiah 29:12

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

If I claim these scriptures as inherent, flawless truth, why don’t I pray like it?

Sisters, I urge you to pray for our nation, armed services, and world this weekend following Memorial Day, but don’t limit those prayers to a few holidays a year. Can you imagine if believers united in prayer for the future of our country and the impact it could have globally?

I have chills thinking about the power of our prayers and how we could impact the future of our nation and world through them. I want to be a part of the movement of God in America, in the world, and in the hearts of those who fill it.

I’m committing myself now to pray for #MyCountryTisOfThee – will you?

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