Public prayer may have been forbidden at Ground Zero ceremonies on 9-11-11, but no person has the power to stop prayer. Prayer is private. It goes on in the human heart. It is the conversation between individuals and God. It is our individual cry out to God and our listening for His assured answer. Prayer connects earth with heaven until forever we are in His presence. Prayer cannot be controlled by one person over another. It cannot be stopped. And so we each can pray either alone or together, our prayers uniting like incense rising to God’s nostrils in heaven. We pray because we must! We understand the times we are in.
On September 11, 2001 the United States of America was attacked by murdering evil. It was heinous atrocity perpetrated by human beings against other innocent human beings. The actions were the embodiment of hate, violence and a complete disregard for human life. It was completely contrary to the Christian foundational principles of unconditional love and the God-given dignity and value inherent in every human being.
God does not rejoice in evil, but He allows it to exist. Our ancestors chose to follow a supernatural power which was not God. What is not God and not of God is not good and cannot be good. Thus, what is not God’s way is the anti-thesis of God’s good. It cannot be good for all goodness is with God alone. Goodness is His essence. Goodness is enabled through us only by His power. Therefore the absence of God and His way is evil for it is the opposite of what He is.
God has made it clear from the beginning that we cannot have two masters. Either we choose God as our Master and King and follow His prescribed way of living, embodying His values or we choose another way. If it is any way other than God’s, then we are on our own and no longer under His supernatural canopy of protection and provision.
Consider it this way: He calls us to follow Him. When we are with Him, He promises to protect us and provide for us perfectly, just as any good Lord does for His subjects. When we choose a way contrary to His, we are no longer following Him and thus no longer with Him. This means we cannot expect the supernatural protection and provision the Lord provides for the subjects of His Kingdom because we have chosen to live outside the Kingdom. This is our choice and not His.
In fact, it sorrows God. He loves us unconditionally, infinitely and perfectly. He desires to be loved in return, but loves us too much to force us. And so, His perfect love manifests in mercy. He sent Jesus as the example and to make the way for us to be reunited with Him. Now He waits for us to realize our need.
Remember, He created us to find our fulfillment in intimate relationship with and dependency on Him. Thus until we are aligned with Him simultaneously as His beloved children and subjects, we will sense something is missing and find neither complete contentment, nor true joy, nor inner peace.
God in His love uses every circumstance in our lives to nudge us to recognize our need for a relationship with and dependence on Him. At every moment, despite our rejection of him, He remains faithful to us – loving us, and ready to restore us into His kingdom under His Lordship as soon as we decide to turn back to Him.
12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing… (Joel 2: 12-14a NIV)
To ultimately turn back to Him, requires us to be in communication with Him. We do this by our prayer and worship. Our worship (adoration of all that He is) lets Him know that we know who He is and choose Him as Lord. Our prayer expresses that we have come to the understanding that we cannot do life on our own, but need God to guide, direct, love and protect us. Prayer is the upward reach of our childlike hand which God will always reach down and grasp with the love of a perfect parent to lift us up out of our circumstances and into His constant, perfect, supernatural, supreme care.
As citizens of the United States of America we need to pray. We need to worship God. It is critical to our survival. In many ways the United States of America has become complacent. We have succumbed to the danger described by Moses when he spoke to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6:4-9,13-15 and 8:6-20.
4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates….13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. (Deut. 6:4-9.13-15 NIV)
6 Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land – a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
10 When you have eaten and are satisifed, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplies, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to youself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
19 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God. (Deut. 8:6-20 NIV)
Many of us have forgotten that God is the one with the power, not us. We have become self-reliant and proud of our self-reliance. We take credit for all the good in our lives, when actually all that we have was enabled by God. We make our plans and expect God to bless them instead of inquiring of God what His plans are for us.
On September 11, 2001 the evil which came against us was so great, we dropped to our knees, finally recognizing once again our need for God. We recognized that we are not in control and that there are powers greater than us, but nothing and no one is greater than God. We invited Him to please be the God of our nation again. Ten years later, it seems we have forgotten. There are those who would ignore God’s place in our lives and set prayer (and acknowledgment of our need for God) aside.
But as the remnant we still will pray and nothing can stop us. We know who God is; we know who we want as Lord. We understand our critical need for Him in every aspect of our lives. He is greater than those who would try to stop Him. Every generation has its chance to decide if He is Lord. Every generation whether they acknowledge Him or not passes away and there is no stopping its passing. All the great exaltations of humanity come to nothing in the end for God remains and His power is sovereign and above all no matter what humans may try to do to ignore Him.
Those of us who know Him will unite in His Spirit regardless of how we may be separated by distance on September 11th. United we will stand before His throne. We will give Him the praise and honor He is due. We will give Him thanks for His protection these past 10 years. We will pray for His Spirit to touch hearts that the remant may become the majority and once again we may enjoy His covering as one nation under God.
SELAH! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]
PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share SHARE the link! Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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