The average Christian does not have the contacts, time, or energy to keep informed about most issues on local, state, and national levels. More and more, some of these issues appear to deny our freedoms. Others undermine the basic moral fiber of our country. With each emerging concern, we need to seek God’s intervention and guidance.
According to national studies, 83% to 90% of Christians pray at least weekly. However, it is estimated that fewer than 10% of those who pray regularly intercede for our local communities, state, and nation, and very few regularly if ever pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
God’s Word instructs us to pray regularly for our communities, our state, nation, and for the peace of Jerusalem.
- For example, here is what God told His people in exile in Babylon in Jeremiah 29:4-7: Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. We as Christians are not in exile here in America as were the people of God in Babylon. But we are strangers in a foreign land. How so? We know from the Bible that our ultimate citizenship is in heaven. Nevertheless, this fundamental truth exists: If we as God’s people prayerfully seek what is best for our community, our state, and our Nation, and for the peace of Jerusalem then our community, our state, our Nation, and Jerusalem will be blessed.
- In I Timothy 2:1-4 we find this: I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.”
- Then we have 2nd Chronicles 7:14: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. As you know, this verse is often quoted as a call to prayer and revival for American Christians, suggesting that if we pray, repent, and humble ourselves, God will turn our communities and our country around and make it “one nation under God” again.
- Finally, we have this from Psalm 122:6: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure.”
The Lake Chatuge Community Prayer Force informs, connects, and mobilizes local intercessors to PRIMARILY pray for our community. We ALSO pray for our state, our Nation, and for the peace of Jerusalem. We provide Christians in our churches and communities with information and tools to help unite them in effective prayer.