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Reader encourages everyone to build our nation up with prayer

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

To the Editor:

America is at a crossroads. Our nation is divided. Our economy is floundering. Our country has been ravaged by droughts, fires, floods, and storms, and shaken by earthquakes. The world around us is erupting in violence. Every four years we hear accusations of blame and promises of hope. We watch debates, we see ads; we’re bombarded with contradictions and conflicting statistics. But where is the truth in all this rhetoric? Who can we trust? Is there any healing for our distressed country?

In the midst of all the human voices clamoring for our support, there is One who says He will heal our land. He is Hope. He is Truth. But He will not appear on our ballot this November 6th. Our nation’s founders recognized that they could not form a successful government without Him, and they prayed for His wisdom and blessings on their endeavor. And consequently, as Abraham Lincoln wrote, by His grace we Americans “have been recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.” When Lincoln was standing at another crossroad in our nation’s history, he recognized that the problems facing our land were too great to be overcome by man’s limited power and wisdom, and he called the nation to prayer.

Following the example of Lincoln and many of our other presidents, the Louisa National Day of Prayer Task Force will be hosting a community Election Eve Prayer Service on Monday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. on the Louisa courthouse lawn to ask God to heal our land and bless us with wise leaders for such a time as this.

Repeatedly in Scripture, God tells us to acknowledge Him, to trust in Him and not in our own wisdom, and to recognize Him and Him alone (not our government) as our Savior. Scripture says that God has established governments so that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives.” If we feel our lives are anything but peaceful and quiet, perhaps it is because, as Lincoln wrote, “We have forgotten God….  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

Between now and this crucial election, please spend time in prayer asking God to heal our struggling land and bless us with wise men and women who will lead our nation in the paths of truth and righteousness.

Rebecca Disosway
Louisa National Day of Prayer Task Force