The world has from time to time needed a deliverer to free various groups of people from bondage and in virtually every case it has been the result of “Fervent Prayer”, even “Intercessory Prayer” that has moved the hand of God to provide that deliverer. We can go back to Exodus and see the plight of the Israelites in Egyptian bondage and watch the deliverer arrive in the person of Moses. Numerous times in Scripture we find God providing a man or woman, as in the case of Deborah to lead out of bondage and into victory. Sadly, deliverance lasted only so long as the deliverer lived and then people began to enjoy the ease and comfort of their freedom and drifted back into some type of bondage repeatedly. Yet, the grace and mercy of God was such that when they “seriously” cried out to Him in repentance and desperation He sent them a deliverer. He has demonstrated His longsuffering throughout history to His glory and our shame.
When this fledgling nation called the United States of America was attempting to hammer out a Constitution that would stand the test of time, protect the inalienable rights of its citizens as free men and women they almost failed because of personal ideology, prejudices, preferences and personality conflicts. With the potential of failure looming and seeming assured, God moved on the heart of one man to point the convention in the right direction and not only saved the effort but produced, a document and government that would weather the storms of time so long as it was, adhered to and followed as, the governing document by which our government operates. That man was Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin stood and addressed the weary and despondent participants with the following address as he spoke to the convention and President Washington:
“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understanding! In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered … And have we forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men.”
This was a gathering of some of the most amazing thinkers the world has ever known who had forgotten one simple little point in the process. That is when Franklin reminded them of this simple truth that became the cornerstone of the founding of this Republic. He said: “If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” He didn’t stop there but added: “We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”
It was at that time Franklin pressed even further to remind the delegates of what most politicians today and many Americans have lost sight of and is the reason we need a deliverer. He said:
“I firmly believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a bye word down to future ages … I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business ….”
The delegates agreed with Mr. Franklin and made daily prayer at the beginning of their deliberations a key foundational element in their deliberations and from that prayer came, the Constitution of these United States of America and the Bill of Rights. This is not a nation formed by happenstance but one founded on the principles and guidance of God Himself. I know some will protest but history reveals this as truth and we see it in their writings, the document they produced and should treasure it, defend it, and preserve it. They gave us something the world had never seen before or after and it is in danger of crumbling because of those who disregard and disrespect not only the Constitution but any need for guidance from the Almighty God! If you take God’s guidance out of government you cannot have true freedom and liberty. You will ultimately find that you are living in a state where whomever is in control legislates and imposes their will upon the masses. That state has many titles and is called many things but it is not LIBERTY nor is it FREEDOM!
AMERICA we need a “deliverer” to step on the scene and lead us out of this dismal place of darkness and back into a true relationship with God where we actually make the motto on our money a reality in our government and lives – “IN GOD WE TRUST.” I don’t know who this deliverer is today. I do know who our ultimate deliverer is and that is JESUS CHRIST Himself. It is past time that we talk about praying for this nation and world and time we made it paramount in our lives. I don’t want to live in Tyranny but even if that comes I TRUST GOD. I treasure this country’s founding principles and what it has been for decades. I don’t want to lose it and see the direction now being taken by the leadership (so-called), as a path of destruction. So, I’m crying out for a DELIVERER!
That being said, we all have our own ideas, ideologies, preferences, etc. politically and even spiritually but one thing we must come to terms with is that if we want to keep America Free we MUST:
1. Turn to God with a whole heart.
2. Unite around His Purposes and Principles.
3. Pray incessantly for His mercy and deliverance.
The 2012 election is, in my opinion, the most crucial this country has ever faced. I make no secret of the fact that my political views are conservative and believe that Mr. Obama is destructive to this country. If you agree with me that we need a change in the Whitehouse then I urge you to allow the nomination process play out and once there has been an individual selected to oppose him, stop bickering and nitpicking that candidate and support him or her. If you decide you want a third-party candidate you will facilitate electing Barak Obama to a second term and that would be worse than any candidate the Republicans can choose. At this point, I do not expect a perfect candidate but I do pray for one that will “HONOR GOD”, ‘DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION”, and work with Congress to turn back the clock on many of the destructive things that have transpired over the term of this President. You do not have to agree with me and you are certainly free to do whatever you believe best and that you must do for your own conscience sake. I only ask that you consider what I have proposed and make this nation a matter of serious prayer beginning today, if you have not already done so.
May God bless you and may God bless this great nation!