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Day 6: OUR NATION & MILITARY

Day 6: OUR NATION & MILITARY

Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 that we should give thanks and pray for people in positions of authority. In Romans 13:1-7 he tells the church that God has appointed authorities for our common good and His purposes. 

Therefore, regardless of our political leanings, we should thank God for our political leaders. And, as we express gratitude, we should also pray that God would bend their hearts so that they would fulfill his purpose. Proverbs 21:1 says that “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”

America is a unique place. God has blessed this country beyond measure and through us he has blessed the world. America is by far the most generous country in the history of civilization. The advancement of the Gospel to unreached lands has been fueled by American missionary zeal and funds. But, at the same time, America can be incredibly indulgent and has also been a force for the spreading of great sin and evil in our day. Pray that God would awaken America once again to His greatness.

Likewise, we need to remember and pray for the thousands of military personnel who are carrying out the orders of our nation in dangerous places doing dangerous things to protect us from dangerous people. Most of us reading this have lived our entire lives as citizens of the world’s lone military superpower. This has a tendency to produce complacency and ungratefulness in us. May we be stirred up towards gratitude as we remember our great nation and military in prayer.