Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” Luke 22:46 (NKJV)
While you are asleep, America, someone is killing your children and grandchildren.
While you are asleep, America, someone is letting evil across your borders.
While you are asleep, America, someone is eroding the Biblical values upon which this nation was built. Oh, America, Why do you sleep?
Dear Ladies, this week I exhort you to pray for this nation more than ever. Abortion and baby-killing are being funded by our government. Our borders have been opened for the horrors of human-trafficking and drug cartels. And the Biblical laws that were the basis for our country are being eroded with every swipe of Washington’s pen.
God’s Word to the prophet Jeremiah proclaims, “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it” (Jeremiah 18:7-10). Oh, America, how can you sleep?
Did you know that before Jesus went to the cross, He exhorted His disciples in the same way? Our dear Savior was pouring His heart out to His Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsamene. He took His close friends Peter, James, and John, asking them to stay and watch with Him. Jesus was only a stone’s throw away from them as He petitioned the Father to remove this cup of crucifixion. Three times He prayed and then found the disciples sleeping. Our precious Lord was alone in His prayers.
Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.” Matthew 26:45-46 (NKJV)
Oh, America, Rise and pray!
Jesus still comes to us today, saying, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and (America) is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.” The Lord is calling us today, “Rise and pray!” He looks down from heaven upon His children to see if any seek after Him. Are we reading our Bibles? Are we praying? Are we lifting up this country and leaders? Are we praying for the babies and children and peace and safety for all? Are we praying for God to raise up Christian leaders who will reclaim this nation with laws based on God’s Word? Oh, dear ones, there is so much for which we must pray, we could pray all night like Jesus.
Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12 (NKJV)
Oh, America, God will hear your cries!
Ladies, our prayers for America are not in vain. Over and over in His Word, God promises that He hears our cries and will be gracious to us…
You will make your prayer to Him,
He will hear you,
And you will pay your vows. Job 22:7 (NKJV)
Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear. Psalm 10:17 (NKJV)
…He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry;
When He hears it, He will answer you. Isaiah 30:19 (NKJV)
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Oh ladies across America, why do you sleep? Rise and pray! God will hear your cries! Read and pray Daniel 9:1-19. Join in the National Day of Prayer on May 6th and pray for our country and leaders more than ever. Then continue to pray every day for your family and neighbors. May God sweep this land with a revival, turning hearts to Him, and pouring out His Holy Spirit before His return.
O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name… Nehemiah 1:11 (NKJV)
Arise, O Lord,
Do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
Put them in fear, O Lord,
That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Psalm 9:19-20 (NKJV)
Help us, O God of our salvation,
For the glory of Your name;
And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins,
For Your name’s sake!
Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Let there be known among the nations in our sight
The avenging of the blood of Your servants which has been shed. Psalm 27:9-10 (NKJV)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.