I was listening to an interview the other day and the subject being interviewed was discussing the state of our Union and our culture. His bewildering question was, "How did we get here so quickly? Did this just happen in the last four years?"
As I did my errands that day, I pondered that question, I talked to myself, talked to God and tried to pin point exactly where the turn was. While it seems it happened SUDDENLY, it really did not. Prior to 1962 school children in America began their day with prayer. The prayer was said to be so bland that it was called the "To Whom It May Concern Prayer." Here is how it went: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country." In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that particular prayer unconstitutional. It did not take long for all prayer and Bible reading to be banned from public schools.
Since that time, until now, the Biblical worldview our country was founded on has been replaced by a secular or humanist worldview. For just over 50 years now, we have been sowing the seeds of the crop we are now harvesting; no more prayer and no more begging for God's blessings in the public arena.
So why does it seem that this has happened suddenly. Up until recently, those secular seeds did not really have one spokesperson, someone that could speak with credibility for the movement. We have now seen a leader arise that espouses the secular worldview and diminishes, and yes even mocks, those with a Biblical worldview. When Barack Obama came to the forefront and began his campaign of change, his rhetoric began to ring true in hundreds of thousands of people, particularly young people that had not been raised in a culture of Biblical truth and prayer. His message sprang to life. Immediate growth, exponential growth that looks like it happened suddenly, but in reality has been taking root, deep root, for the past 50 years.
I am married to a farmer, and I know something about planting and reaping. Whatever seed you plant, water and nourish, is the seed that will grow. You cannot plant corn and get tomatoes. Genesis 1 tells us that seed produces after its own kind. It is time for us to begin sewing good seed once again. Seeds of prayer for our country, seeds of Biblical Truth in our spheres of influence. One thing we know is that it will produce after its own kind.
If you do not know how, or what, to pray, simply start with the "To Whom It May Concern Prayer" mentioned above. Pray that our country, our leaders, and individually we will be delivered from deception. Pray for God's will and purpose to be accomplished in our lives and in our country. Pray for spiritual hunger in those that may not even know what spiritual hunger is. God will bring people across their paths that will show them how to satisfy that hunger. Pray for blessing and prosperity in our country; pray that we would prosper as our souls prosper.
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