America is in shocking turmoil. There are many reasons, but one is stated clearly in Holy Scripture, and that is churches that are not obeying God’s clear command to pray for their nation. Here it is: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). This is a divine command given in the context of Paul’s instruction about how to behave ourselves in the church of the living God (1 Ti. 3:15). It is a command to churches, and America has a great many Bible-believing churches of various sorts that at least preach a sound gospel, believe in the new birth, hold sound doctrine in the “fundamentals,” etc. There are thousands of Baptist churches. If those churches would obey God and seriously pray for that which God has told them to pray, would America not have a lot more quiet and peace and godliness and honesty? There can be no doubt. Since God has specifically commanded that churches pray this very prayer, it can be certain that He is ready to answer it. But as James said, “Ye have not because ye ask not.” Why aren’t pastors leading in this matter?
(Friday Church News Notes, September 17, 2021, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)