Ronnie Floyd is president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee and author of “How to Pray: Developing an Intimate Relationship with God.”
July 4, as the day we set aside to celebrate America’s independence, is but one of 365 days that are crucial for our country’s future.
Each day, we must join in prayer for America. Our nation is in dire need of a new, fresh touch of God. Sin is abounding in a glaring and chilling manner. We need to pray, and we need to pray now.
It starts with us individually. Until we surrender to Jesus fully, we will have little to no prospect of a revival in our hearts, little to no stirring of the Spirit in our churches, and little to no spiritual awakening in our land. True revival is nothing less and nothing more than the manifest presence of God in our lives.
God does not will that our lives and leadership be spiritually powerless, lukewarm, ineffective and purposeless. Rather, he wills this for you and me: To give 100 percent of our lives to Jesus daily.
I often pray these words: “Lord, I give 100 percent of me to 100 percent of You so that 100 percent of You will work through 100 percent of me.”
Spiritual power is not found in holding on to what we have. Spiritual power is discovered and released when we release ourselves to God. We will never choose to let God have His way with us if we continue to hang on to our own desires, our own dreams and our own bondage. Just go ahead and pray it now, “Lord, I surrender.”
A surrendered Christian, a surrendered pastor and a surrendered church will experience spiritual revival.
With this foundation, we can turn to our God for our country. May we join together to talk to Him from every corner of this nation.
Let us pray to our God who is forgiving, loving and powerful.
Our forgiving God.
God, we come to You in major repentance of our many sins in America and ask You for forgiveness, grace and mercy.
Father, we confess abortion as sin.
We confess infanticide as sin.
We confess mistreatment and abuse of others as sin.
We confess hateful speech as sin.
We confess divisiveness as sin.
We confess pride, greed and envy as sin.
We confess failure to witness for Jesus to other people.
We confess our spiritual lukewarmness as sin.
Lord, we turn from these sins and turn us to You with our repentance. Wash us, cleanse us and forgive us.
Jesus, we ask You to call Your church across America to repentance. We are so in need of walking away from our present life and entering into the life You have for us that gives us grace, mercy, the power of the Holy Spirit and victory over sin.
Holy Spirit, revive Your church!
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Source: Baptist Press