Where did hope go? Why is doubt nagging at me? When I first felt inspired to pray for our country in the month of September, I was filled with hope. I began to believe that if enough of us got back the image of a nation under God, that it actually could come to pass. On the third day, today, to be exact, discouragement knocked on my door. When I answered it, Discouragement said, “It’s too late. You should have started this years ago. Your country is so far away from this ideal that not even an act of God could bring it about. It is not going to happen.There is so much negativity from both sides, there could never be enough unity and faith to get it done. It’s not even God’s will for it to happen.”
I know I shouldn’t have answered that door, and I asked myself why would I fall for the trap of discouragement after dancing in hope for a few days! The answer came with the realization that I have continued to feed my curious mind with posts, blogs, news articles and youtube videos concerning the current conditions of the world.
If I am going to let faith rise up, I’m going to have to give it room to grow with the Truth from the Word filling my mind and heart. I must keep the door tightly closed from the insidious negativity of the media. Today’s dare is indeed daring. I’ll need your encouragement to be able to do it. I am giving myself zero tolerance for reading articles, blogs, posts, or watching youtube videos depicting any reference to national or international news for the next 24 hours. You must decide if you want to join me in this endeavor. If you are enticed to allow negative input into your mind and heart to the degree that it affects your hope or your faith, then perhaps you should join me. Along with resisting the negative, we continue to pray as we are reminded whenever we see our flag or our colors. We pray in faith with hope and joy rising up to declare God’s goodness over our land through His Son Jesus Who gave himself a ransom for us all.
Daily Dare: Dare to resist negative input and when you see a flag, or when you see red, white, or blue, declare the goodness of God over this land. Declare that hope, grace, mercy, and strength rise up in His people, and declare that the United States of America is one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all!
I would love to hear what God is saying to you as you pray. Let’s encourage one another. Please leave a comment about some of the words God has given you as you pray.