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I Just Woke Up, Spent A Half Hour in Prayer For This Nation
Sunday July 1, 2012 | sff

Posted on 07/01/2012 2:58:24 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

We have Saturday and Sunday worship services...our family usually goes on Saturday night because we like to sleep in on Sunday mornings. :) Our pastor last night spoke about America and how it has lost its moorings and is becoming rapidly anti-Christian like Europe.

He even had a missionary who ministers in Europe speak about how irreligious that continent has become, how roughly 80 to 90% of the people in his part of Europe don't worship AT ALL.

My pastor's sermon and the sad results of the recents SCOTUS decision weighed on my heart, and I have decided to try, until the election, to *fast* one meal a week (for me Wednesday breakfast will work out best, probably) to pray for this country. So I fell asleep Saturday night with these thoughts on my heart.

Roughly 37 minutes ago, as I write this, I awoke. Not unusual for me, as at my age I have to wake up once or twice in the night (ha ha)...but this time was different. The urge to pray for America (thanks no doubt to the sermon and my own yearnings for our nation to repent) is on my heart. So I did.

I stayed in bed, but put my heart and mind into action. First I prayed for this nation...for roughly 15 minutes I acknowledged to God my country's wandering away from His principles. I asked him to move the people of this nation back to Him...acknowledging our sinfulness.

I told him that I knew the two men right now who are most likely to be President next were men who did not know Him, yet one of them was at LEAST in the same moral sphere with God's people.

Even though Mr. Romney is not in a theological square with orthodox Christianity, he generally seems to reflect more family values and freedom-based living than does his opponent. God uses imperfect men and women (I need only look in the mirror) to accomplish His purposes on earth.

So I prayed for about 15 minutes for the Lord to turn this nation away from its current leadership and to the men and women who more closely reflect our heritage and His desires.

For the *next* 15 minutes, I prayed that God begin a revival WITH ME. How did I pray? I asked God that He help ME to see how I can share His Love and His Word with someone--someone who cannot or may not expect it. Now I don't mean a political persuasion per se...I mean the Love of Christ in a meaningful way.

Great Awakenings aren't political movements, but radical changes of peoples' HEARTS and SOULS toward the God of Heaven. They happen when Christ's followers embrace their mission of being lights to the world to make disciples of all men and "shine" before them. So for half the prayer I asked God to BEGIN with me.

I believe perhaps this is a call to other believers out there, so I am posting this very personal experience...not to "build myself" up, but to share what just happened this past hour as a possible call to any other Christ-followers out there who may want to join me in such a prayer activity.

Remember it doesn't begin and end with prayer--we pray and then work and share. Pray for the nation and our example, work for Christian values and the conservative cause in the political arena, and share the love of Christ with others so they can see we are different from the world.

I still will try to fast on Wednesday mornings--our country is in deep moral, spiritual and political decline and truly if any time is needed for revival in all three arenas that time is NOW.

November is coming soon: election day is 18 weeks from Tuesday. Can anyone, WILL anyone join me in prayer for this nation and our own witness?


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: invitation; prayer; religion; revival; vanity
Feel free to use this thread to share your experiences and callings, if you feel the Lord leading you to do so. God bless.
1 posted on 07/01/2012 2:58:41 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

2 posted on 07/01/2012 3:01:25 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: tsowellfan

Your incredibly inspiring. Thank you so much for doing that and also reminding us to do the same (perhaps not the intension, but it is great.).


3 posted on 07/01/2012 3:05:56 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SoFloFreeper

Amen.


4 posted on 07/01/2012 3:15:05 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: SoFloFreeper

I think pray in secret means don’t brag about it and he will reward you.

God has turned his back on this nation.


5 posted on 07/01/2012 3:17:56 AM PDT by stockpirate (No longer proud to be an American! SCOTUS is just as corrupt as congress. IMPEACH ROBERTS!)
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To: stockpirate
"God has turned his back on this nation."

Can you blame him? It started when we turned our back on GOD.

6 posted on 07/01/2012 3:23:15 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: SoFloFreeper; TigersEye

This is the approach that Christians used against fascism in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. It did not work, laudable though the prayer is.

We are in decline because fascists have defined a Utopia and want to create “heaven on earth.” They will stop at nothing to achieve it and now have our nation by its neck. They create themselves as gods in their own heavenly realm.

The only way to stop them is to destroy their heaven and unseat them from their false thrones.Nothing elese will work. We can do it early by voting them out, or later, when it will cost millions of lives as it did in World War II.

And for those who do not believe that Obama and his movement are fascists, or for those who are incredulous, please take the time to read this genuine historical analysis:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html


7 posted on 07/01/2012 3:25:53 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: stockpirate

I saw his post as more of a call to prayer, which is not the same as boasting about prayer. That said, yes, I also agree that God has lifted his hand of protection from this nation. Mitt Romney is no “family values” candidate. It is an illusion. We have taken to embracing evil, not just in our leaders, but in our daily lives as Americans.


8 posted on 07/01/2012 3:43:44 AM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: SoFloFreeper

I woke up a little while ago, in the dream my homestead was under attack and I had absolutely no weapons, this is about the fourth time I have had the same dream and in each one where I go searching in the gun safe or a secret hiding place for a weapon I find it gone.

This last dream left me with nothing more than a fake wooded crude copy of a shotgun, and the thugs had guns and knew I had none.

Then I woke up.


9 posted on 07/01/2012 3:55:04 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Is your state Obamacare free yet?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Its every single night for me.

In fact, I put a small cross here next to the computer screen to remind myself of who I am. I need to move it to an even more prominent place because I’m slipping lately.


10 posted on 07/01/2012 4:03:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

You are not alone friend. Prayers up.


11 posted on 07/01/2012 4:40:42 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Amen,and when the Nation “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. “ Cr 2 7:14
Does this we as a people will be free again, but until then evil will fester. Call it by its name and point it out. Yes Pray for our Nation, personally the only way out that I see now is a miracle from God, but I do not think a miracle will happen to a people who reject God. Who will we be as a nation?


12 posted on 07/01/2012 4:46:37 AM PDT by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Constitution)
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To: jafojeffsurf

We need to be praying, fasting....and rallying together within our churches. It must be a united effort and a united trust in God.

“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.” George Washington

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”
John Hancock

“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.” James Monroe

“We have staked the future of American civilization upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” James Madison

Go to church and begin to talk with others. Seek God’s guidance about what actions to take. We MUST turn out the vote like never before!


13 posted on 07/01/2012 5:04:27 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: stockpirate

“God has turned his back on this nation.”

There’s no doubt judgement is continuing to fall on America in various forms such as forest fires, tornadoes, destructive storms, drought and a thoroughly wicked Ahab in the White House to govern us.

The most salient sin of America is pressuring God’s people Israel to give away what little land they’ve occupied.


14 posted on 07/01/2012 5:07:48 AM PDT by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
A lot of people are now very afraid and worried for the country ... an awakening is happening. I, for one, think a prayer thread (weekly?) would be a great idea. See the threads below:

The World is Big and Scary, and I am Small

Fearful

One last thought ... He will listen if we ask:

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

15 posted on 07/01/2012 5:27:39 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Candor7

“And for those who do not believe that Obama and his movement are fascists, or for those who are incredulous, please take the time to read this genuine historical analysis:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html/

I read it. Wow! A dynamite article by Kyle Ann Shiver based on her review of Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism”. We’ve taken the “never” out of “never again”!


16 posted on 07/01/2012 5:31:57 AM PDT by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: stockpirate
God has turned his back on this nation.

I think you hit the nail square on its head. We lost his grace when Terri Schiavo died. I could sense it when she died. She was the final straw. This country has gone to hell ever since.

17 posted on 07/01/2012 5:32:58 AM PDT by Two-Bits (Failure to know history is sadly a way to repeat some of the most evil ever done.)
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To: Two-Bits

Actually, this Nation has turned its back on God.


18 posted on 07/01/2012 5:35:20 AM PDT by sport
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To: SoFloFreeper

“Vertroue in God en die Mauser”.

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1 Samuel 15:3


19 posted on 07/01/2012 5:36:33 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: stockpirate

No, this Nation has from the highest level to the lowest level has not only turned their backs on God, they have figuratively spit in His face, figuratively shook their fist in His face , said that He is unwanted and not needed, and have dared Him to do anthing about it. He has merely taken them at their word.


20 posted on 07/01/2012 5:42:00 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

Actually, we are speaking the same truth. When Terri died, it was a catalyst of us turning our back on God.


21 posted on 07/01/2012 5:47:26 AM PDT by Two-Bits (Failure to know history is sadly a way to repeat some of the most evil ever done.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’m with you friend!! I pray almost daily for this country, Obama, and for Salvation among us all. God is good and does good!


22 posted on 07/01/2012 5:55:28 AM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: SoFloFreeper
November is coming soon: election day is 18 weeks from Tuesday. Can anyone, WILL anyone join me in prayer for this nation and our own witness?
We have been praying too, SFF. Your post is beautiful! Keep up the good work, prayer warrior.
23 posted on 07/01/2012 5:59:27 AM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: Two-Bits

Agree! Terri was deprived of nourshment and starved to death by the State. That my FRiend is torture. Anything further would probably get me banned or suspended.


24 posted on 07/01/2012 6:07:59 AM PDT by sport
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To: SoFloFreeper

I pray for our country daily but am not the least bit optimistic about its effectiveness. I don’t see how it can be turned around. We have over a hundred million malleable morons on the teat and they can’t be weaned. But they can and will vote. Let’s face it, Romney doesn’t have a chance. Half the people have no stake in the game and there are about fifty million on food stamps. Let’s get real here. I’ll continue to pray but we’re clearly on the road to ruin and Obama and company will be smiling through it all. By the by, does anyone consider it ironic that Obama was saved by a man (Chief Justice Roberts) that neither he nor Biden had any confidence in whatsoever. They both voted against Roberts’s confirmation.


25 posted on 07/01/2012 6:07:59 AM PDT by donaldo
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To: stockpirate
I think pray in secret means don’t brag about it and he will reward you. God has turned his back on this nation.

Nothing wrong with letting folks know you prayed and seeing if it will induce more prayer.

God hasn't turned His back on anyone - He is exercising His perfect love and Humility by allowing us to have it our way. When we pray, He will give one of three answers: Yes / No / If you insist...

26 posted on 07/01/2012 6:19:16 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Candor7

“We can do it early by voting them out, or later, when it will cost millions of lives as it did in World War II.”

So true. I had some moron infected with normalcy bias ridicule me for implying we are headed for another holocaust if we can’t oust the evil regime running America.

There is a scene in “Band of Brothers” where the troopers drag German townfolk out to a camp at gunpoint to bury the dead, noting the undeniable stench of death in the area.

The average American idiot voter is just like those German townfolk - willfully ignorant of the stench of evil produced by the Obama regime.

Prayer alone is nowhere sufficient. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that failure to SPEAK OUT against evil is evil itself.


27 posted on 07/01/2012 6:33:04 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: napscoordinator

Amen to that. I am reminded that on June28,1787 Benjamin Franklin reminded his peers that at the beginning of the
contest with the Brits (beginning at least in 1774First Prayer in Congress Rev. J.Duche) “we had daily prayer in this very room for the Divine Protection,Those prayers ,Sir (addressing the Constitutional Conventions President George Washington) were graciously answered ....’ Franklin went on in a single speech that cited the supreme authority of Scripture no less than a half dozen times in accepted literary form) to include
“we are assured ,Sir, in the sacred writings that ;”Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.”I firmly believe this and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel....” Franklin said later only two or three agree with him on a call for prayer.
And our deficient public school system left it at that.
The Virginian Edmund Jennings Randolph proposed that day
that the convention meet on July 4 for a sermon preached at the request of the convention and thenceforward prayers be used in ye convention. “So history teaches and it seems a worthy example even today.Pray that this will NOT be our last 4th of July under God.


28 posted on 07/01/2012 6:34:19 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: sport
I too, am on the same page. Terrie was the example of what this once great nation turned into.

An innocent woman who had done no harm to anyone. A loving family that begged to be allowed to take her home and care for her but the State comes in, sentences her to the most painful death that even the most cruel, evil prisoner on death row would never ever go through.

President at that time, George W Bush, Florida Governor at that time, Jeb Bush.

29 posted on 07/01/2012 6:34:57 AM PDT by Two-Bits (Failure to know history is sadly a way to repeat some of the most evil ever done.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Just Woke Up, Spent A Half Hour in Prayer For This Nation

With Obama as president, a half hour isn’t going to cut it.


30 posted on 07/01/2012 7:30:45 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.")
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To: Candor7
The only way to stop them is to destroy their heaven and unseat them from their false thrones.Nothing elese will work.

One very effective way to do that is through ridicule and dismissiveness. Although we should heed your warnings as deadly serious it is counter productive to confront liberals as though we take them seriously in all situations. Treat them personally as nothing more than children and objects of derision. It's ego shattering. They may redouble their efforts and respond with great anger but they lose a lot of advantages in doing so. We are the majority and we are the ones who hold the originalist view of America after all.

31 posted on 07/01/2012 7:48:26 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Candor7

Did you read the entirety of my post carefully? I urged people to pray AND act....you seem to think I meekly and merely called for a “religious” exercise. I did not.


32 posted on 07/01/2012 7:56:04 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SumProVita

Oh I agree with your point and trust me I am not silent and in the corner anymore and have been active just as you described for several years now.


33 posted on 07/01/2012 9:11:34 AM PDT by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Constitution)
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To: jafojeffsurf

Woooooo Hooooooooooo!! I like to hear that.

Our pastor has been leading us in extra prayer at the end of every Mass for the preservation of liberty in this nation. Many are talking and acting in the pursuit of preserving our nation in a way that I’ve not seen before.

God bless the USA....and her citizens who roll up their sleeves and WORK to win this next election! And IF they are not praying and working hard in constructive ways to get out the vote...they should not open their mouths to criticize the results.


34 posted on 07/01/2012 9:20:16 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SoFloFreeper

Yes, I know , you called for a very deep motivation to resist and fight against fascism.

That was done in France but the Nazis still took over. Only the French Resistance fought against the Nazis.

Who will fight against Obama’s totalitarian liberal fascism here? We should be in the streets by now, but we meekly are not.We should be demonstrating by the thousands against the lies foisted on the public by the MSM.Yet we are not.

I just do not understand why people do not perceive the threat we are under as a civilized people. This is exactly the way that fascists came to power in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s.No one did ANYTHING to stop it from within the native culture.

Good Read:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html


35 posted on 07/01/2012 7:04:23 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: TigersEye

I agree Tiger.

Churchill composed the original formula on how to work against fascism:

Reveal the activity, Inform the public, Ridicule the perpetrators.

And NEVER back down.


36 posted on 07/01/2012 7:07:46 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: MikeSteelBe

Prayer alone is nowhere sufficient. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that failure to SPEAK OUT against evil is evil itself.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

This is exactly what Obama is counting on, that America is now cowardly. He has been right so far, in spite of a few shining exceptions like Sherrif Joe Arapaio.


37 posted on 07/01/2012 7:11:33 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7
Churchill composed the original formula on how to work against fascism:

Reveal the activity, Inform the public, Ridicule the perpetrators.

And NEVER back down.

That's good. A concise and very bottom line strategy.

38 posted on 07/02/2012 6:56:46 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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