March 31, 2016
Day 5: Hope
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” –Isaiah 40:31
Thank the Lord how the biblical picture of a soaring eagle fits the symbol of our nation.
Pray for our nation, that we would once again soar as an eagle as we place our trust in the Lord.
March 30, 2016
Day 4: Wisdom
“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.” –Proverbs 4:6
Thank God for the gift of wisdom, and for the ability to see things from His perspective as we turn to His Word.
Repent on behalf of our nation, because we have turned from making Scripture the basis of law, leaving behind wisdom, and looking to ourselves for truth.
The future is in the hearts and minds of our children. With youngsters like Gabe and Livvy Feinn, fifteen and 11 respectively, the world will be a caring and compassionate place in the future.
Gabe and LIvvy were inspired by a Samaritan’s Purse catalog which outlined some of the projects underwritten by Franklin Graham’s ministry. The brother and sister accepted the challenge to raise enough money to renovate a missionary hospital deep in the jungles of the Congo that had been destroyed by a brutal civil war. Wanting to stretch their faith, they committed to raising $35,000 for the project.
Their plan revolved around cupcakes. They baked cakes by the hundred and cupcakes by the thousands to sell to friends, neighbors, and family. They covered all their efforts with prayer and faith.
Gabe said on their blogpost, “….we decided to do our 1%. Remember how when we were doing our project we would ask people to just do 1%? In our case, we wanted to have a team of 100 people that would each raise $350. But how it actually worked out was we had about 160 people donate and some were able to do 1% and some could only do a little bit. We saw children who were only 3 & 4 step up and do a whole lot for the hospital project. Campers at elementary camp gave up snack tokens and middle school students shoveled snow or went without birthday presents or Christmas presents so the money could be donated instead. When we at least do the 1%, we make a difference! But as you know, God raised all the money!”
In a little over a year they met their goal, and the maternity hospital at Nyankunde was rebuilt.
Graham’s ministries flew Gabe and Livvy to Africa for the opening of the hospital. They were there to witness the first birth, a C-section, and were able to hold the first baby of their faithfulness in their arms. The baby, a little girl, was named Gabriella in honor of Gabe. Because of the hospital, the baby’s life was saved. Her future was made possible by two young people who desired to have their faith stretched to see what God could do through them. The future is in good hands with models like Gabe and Livvy who know in whom they have believed.
March 29, 2016
Day 3: Justice For All
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’” –Zechariah 7:9
Thank the Lord that He is a God of justice and shows no favoritism.
Pray for our judicial system and lawmakers, that justice for all, tempered by mercy and compassion, will guide our nation.
March 28, 2016
Day 2: Immigration
“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” –Psalm 9:9
Ask the Lord to turn the hearts of the citizens and leaders of the United States to Himself.
Pray that our nation will increasingly see that God is our only refuge in the midst of the troubles of this world.
Day 1: Wisdom
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” –Proverbs 1:7
Pray that the U.S. will repent of its corporate rejection of the Word of God as the basis of law.
Pray that a holy fear of God will sweep across our nation, leading us back to a place of wisdom.
Pray that courage born of wisdom will be given to Christians in places of leadership in government, the courts, and law schools across the nation so that they will stand for a godly basis for law.