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The Shepherd's Heart: A call to prayer

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The presidential election is just five or six days away, so I can't really make any comments on the election itself. I would, however, like to call the Christians who still care about our nation to do something many may not have done in quite some time.


As Kingdom people, we have a mandate from the Lord to pray. If we choose to accept that mandate and truly pray, then we must also know somehow that the very act of us praying can be pivotal in the upcoming election -- no matter who you are backing.

As I shared from the pulpit one recent Sunday morning, seldom have I felt more drawn to the altar with regard to our nation than I have the past few weeks. I ask each of you, just as I asked those in my congregation, to join me in prayer. And as we pray, we should be establishing spiritual altars where we lift up key issues concerning our nation.

First and foremost, we must build an altar of truth, praying that the church in America and America herself might once again turn to and honor the Word of God.

Then we must build an altar of life, praying that there would come an outpouring of the Spirit of God upon America with power and strength that we have never seen in our generation. At that altar of life, we must also confess and ask forgiveness for our greatest national sin -- the taking of innocent lives through the wholesale practice of abortion.

In addition, let us also build an altar of worship, praying in intercession that all who worship the Lord now in spirit and in truth would become vehicles and conduits to bring forth further grace, including breaking the Spiritual drought in our nation.

And finally, we must build an altar of praise, pouring out praise through a true spirit of thanksgiving that would drive back the darkness and prophetic praise that our physical boundaries not only be secure, but that our Spiritual boundaries be expanded and strengthened as well.

More than ever, there's reason for us who are called the people of God to let our hearts be stirred with a sense of duty. We have been called to occupy until Jesus comes, and that responsibility most assuredly centers squarely on prayer.

As our nation and the world around us face great times of uncertainty, I humbly ask you to join me at any or all of these altars, being fully confident that our Father has called us to action through prayer during this pivotal time.

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BOB G. STEWART, Columnist
The Shepherd's Heart