What will the future bring? Is the answer “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” This was the title of a hit song back in the 50′s which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song suggests that we have little to do with what the future will bring. This notion does not follow scriptural teaching, however:
They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up. (Hosea 8:7)
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)
In truth, we have had the future of America in our hands. The evidence suggests that we have made a mess of our country and our society. There should be little need to go over all the poor choices we have made in recent years. Our political system has failed us and appears to continue to do so. Many of our churches have wandered away from the Gospel. Our leaders lack moral and ethical integrity. What are we to do?
It is time to release our grip and place the future of America into God’s hands. Prayer is the way we accomplish this transfer of authority and control. Prayer was the method of our founding fathers, though the media and educational institutions would have us believer otherwise.
“How does one pray?” you might say. Are not the “prayer professionals” better equipped to do so? Perhaps, if they could actually pray rather than just talk about prayer. If they could humble themselves before God. Let give thanks to God for those who truly have dedicated their lives to prayer. Nevertheless, let us not hesitate to join them because our voices are needed as well.
Prayers from the heart move God. Do we still have a heart for America? Do we still have a heart for our children and grandchildren? Do we still have a heart for the Gospel? If so, let us pray.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)