Forty day of Prayer
Last week I received an invitation to join a group on Facebook that includes 40 days of prayer before the coming election. Then today I heard of a group, a very large group, who are spending 40 days prior to our election invoking God’s intervention on our behalf as a nation. It certainly is my hope that many small groups are engaging in similar efforts.
Why have they chosen 40 days? I suppose it is symbolic of the 40 days Jesus was tempted before He entered into public ministry. Curious, I looked at the word forty in the concordance. It is used 158 times in various forms. Of those times I noted the flood, Moses in the wilderness wanderings, on the mountain receiving the 10 Commandments, and the fact that Goliath mocked Israel 40 days before David took him down.
In case you are wondering, yes, I joined one of the groups and am committed to pray and fast on behalf of our nation starting September 27. I am grieved over the state of our nation. Atheists are gaining power, people in sinful lifestyles want sinful ways to be a norm, abortion blood flows freely, courts are corrupt and far too many people live selfishly in abundant self-centeredness. So, I weep.
If you have never fasted, it need not be a whole day fast, it can be a fast of one meal per day, for instance, lunch. Instead of eating, use the time to pray. Whatever you determine, make the commitment with God rather than with others. Jesus warned about fasting and praying to be seen of men. Do it quietly. Just do it.
Joel 2:17 is what God has laid on my heart: “Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, ‘Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them; wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?’”
You see, those 40 days will change us as we spend additional time before God. And, after all, that is what our country needs more than anything else. America needs God; America needs revival.