Life’s best lessons can be discovered in the stories that grace the pages of the Old Testament.
With the recent turmoil dividing our nation, it is within these pages we are offered 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 compassion, mercy and forgiveness with a simple, effective, faith-backed prayer.
And God relented.
A nation was spared by prayer.
With all the social unrest happening around America it’s easy to believe that one individual’s prayer could hardly make a difference.
It’s easier to vent or rant on social media than to pray. I know this because I am guilty of doing it.
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 are frustrated, overwhelmed or feel 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?