Posted by: peebles | October 10, 2012

Psalm 85:6 (NIV) ~ Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States took place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. I watched, as did millions of other people, as Barack Obama placed his hand on the Bible and took his oath. In many other countries of the world, leaders do the same thing.

However, it is one thing to place one’s hand on a Bible and take an oath, it is another thing to open it up and seek the will of God for the nation that they represent. When they begin to read what is inside the Bible, and seek Godly wisdom and counsel, then things will begin to turn around.

The Bible says in Proverbs 14:34 (NIV), “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” For far too long we have neglected the word of God, we have turned a blind eye to injustice, we have embraced an immoral lifestyle which is contrary to the word of the Living God and called it an “alternative” lifestyle, but the Bible so poignantly warns us in Isaiah 5:20 (NIV), “Woe to those who call evil good.”

If we are ever going to see God move upon this nation we must be prepared to pray for our leaders. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:1 to 3 (NIV), “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour.” The direction of a huge ship is changed with such a small rudder. Our payers in the eyes of many may be small, but they are mighty through God and can change the direction of our nation.

My friend, someone one said, “Revival starts with you.” The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV). “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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We may have leaders over our land that only place their hand on a Bible when taking an oath, but never seek God or his will. There is an old saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” Now then, let me give it a new twist, “The prayer which touched the hand that created the world, is the prayer which changes the world.” Our leaders may not all be godly men and woman, but we are. It is our responsibility to be agents of change for the Kingdom of God. Therefore, God is calling His people everywhere to pray and see change happen for the better.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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