Day 18

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 18


In yesterday’s devotional, I shared a few Bible verses about the effects of sin on our land. And basically, God has made it very clear that we can call down curses on ourselves and the very land we live in when we don’t follow His ways.

Some might argue that these Bible verses don’t count anymore because they were speaking to God’s people during the “Old Covenant” days of Christendom. But I believe that the principles of God’s creation are woven into the very fabric of the universe, and we can certainly see a type of “shaking” taking place through all the natural disasters, not just here in America, but also around the world.

Whether we like it or not, America has been very influential in leading the whole world into many sins that defy God’s ways. Just through Hollywood alone, we have influenced other nations into many sins through our media, and now they are influencing us back again to live lives of immorality. Sin is rampant in our land and around the world.

The good news is that Jesus died for every one of our sins! All we need to do is turn to Him and admit that we have gone our own way and turn back to go His way (that’s what repentance is). His loving arms are open wide for those who are willing to resist pride, humble themselves, and run back to Him!  “For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.” Psalm 149:4

Once we have humbled ourselves, we can “stand in the gap” and pray for others as well who have yet to respond to God’s call.

Barbi Franklin


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