Life’s best lessons can be discovered tucked away in the stories that grace the pages of the Old Testament.
With the recent turmoil dividing our nation, it is within these pages we witness a solution.
Amos who was “neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but was a shepherd . . ..” was shown by God two visions of what He was preparing for the Israelites because of their behavior. After seeing the vision of locusts and “judgment by fire” Amos cried out “Sovereign Lord, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!” (Amos 7: 1-4)
So the Lord relented saying “This will not happen.”
Yes! One man’s prayer altered the entire course of a nation!
One person who held no seminary degree, never taught a Sunday school class or attended a small group pleaded on behalf of his beloved country to his Creator for mercy and forgiveness with a simple, effective, faith-backed prayer. God relented. A nation was spared.
With all the social unrest happening around America it is easy to believe that one individual’s prayer could hardly make a difference. It is even easier to vent rather than pray. I am guilty yes.
However, Amos reveals the incredible power of choosing to cry out to the One who has the power to forgive, heal and restore a nation instead of complaining, criticizing and condemning actions and events to anyone within earshot.
Amos called upon the Lord in faith being absolutely convinced that “Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing.” (Joel 2:14)
If you too are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed or powerless when you read the headlines, scroll through social media posts or listen to the news, please remember like Amos YOUR one simple, heartfelt, prayer backed with unshakeable faith WILL positively impact this great country and yes even make a difference.
James 5:16 says in part “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Indeed!
Soccer mom or secretary your prayer could be the deciding factor in the future of our nation! Will you be the One?
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