Even in the Fire

In these evil days, how should we pray for our nation and its people? I know what I want, but how would God have us pray? I so desire a reprieve from evil leaders, all the while acknowledging God may have a different plan to accomplish His eternal purpose.

Part of me just wants life to be easy. You know, put some good guys in charge and let me go about my business. But on the other hand, my heart truly aches and my spirit recoils because of the wickedness in our government and society (Psalm 119:53). I want godly leaders–for the sake of our nation and for the sake of my children and grandchildren. So I beg God for mercy, for revival, for leaders with integrity and morals, believing He is gracious and merciful beyond what I can imagine, and perfectly able to grant what I ask. I also know that He is sovereign and could very well take us through the fire if He so chooses. That perhaps easy is not what will purify His church or bring the lost to Christ.

God’s Word assures me that He favors those who fear Him (Psalm 147:11). So even in the fire, believers enjoy His favor. Somehow, we will be purified and lifted up, even in persecution. Will we suffer? Maybe. Probably. I think of all the thousands of Christians across the world who are experiencing unspeakable suffering and dying horrifically brutal deaths because of their faith. It is very frightening. In the face of such evil, I have to believe I will experience a special grace for each specific moment, a grace that cannot be experienced ahead of time, but will come at just the right time.

I also need to remember that His favor may not come in the form of prosperity or protection from suffering. And I need to be okay with that.

At any rate, I cannot imagine that it is a bad thing to ask God for godly leaders, ones who are spiritually equipped with His armor, who will seek His wisdom, and who will speak the truth.

Dear God, raise them up. Raise us up. Deliver us. But even if you do not, even in the fire, we will still trust you and praise your name.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18 NAS

Janice Powell 2016

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