Now that the dust has had time to settle from our recent elections, I've had time to reflect on our nation; where it came from, where it is, and where it could go. Too much has gone on here in recent years that has slowly eroded the godly principles that our country was founded on and everything for which we stand.
If you've never been to Washington, D.C., I encourage you to find the time to make the trip. A few years ago I was privileged to be able to take a group of teens from our youth ministry on a Prayer Mission to our capitol. I had always wanted to see D.C. and everything involved with the founding of our country.
Our great nation was was founded on godly principles and the Word of God. To be able to see, up close, the actual documents that helped forge America, and to see the signatures of the God-fearing men who were willing to step out in faith, was an inspiration. But that trip also served as a reminder of how far we, as a nation, have fallen from our humble beginnings and the principles we used to stand upon.
Now, few of our leaders regard our country as a God-controlled nation. We have turned away from what our forefathers had originally planned. Aside from a small minority, we are no longer a God-fearing country, full of self-sacrificing Christian citizens, but rather a land of self-serving, self-fulfilling Christian claimers. While the left has done everything they can to take God out of America, the right has stood idly by and watched it happen. But it's now time to get back to where we started.
The main purpose of our trip was to go and pray for our leaders, their families and our country. We spent time praying at the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, the National Archives, the White house, and Arlington national Cemetery. We prayed for our Senators, Congress, the house of Representatives, the Supreme Court Justices, the President, their families, our nation, our military, and all families. We challenged our teens to pray every day for all these people, and I would challenge you as well.
We need to pray for our leaders to have strength, integrity, wisdom, conviction and discernment. If we don't change the direction our country is going, we will only fall farther away from where we began: with God.