(Ann Voskamp inspired me to write today’s blog. In How to Really Get Serious about Slaying Your Giants, Demons, & Hidden Fears, she shares how over 100,000 women around the world have accepted a challenge to pray. This is the result of their taking part in the IF:Gathering via livestream. The focus of their prayers is for God to heal our lands and lives. More tools for this prayer venture will be shared during the season of Lent.
Ann says that this is “a trip you don’t want to ever quit.” My Reader, I encourage you to become a part of this trip, but if it is more than you want to undertake at this time, I hope you will accept my invitation to a shorter seasonal journey that I will share about in the following paragraphs.)
My Reader, since today is the first day of Lent, I invite you to join me on a journey. Each step of the journey will be one day. Each step of the journey will be a prayer. Our journey will take place over the next 40 days, actually 46 days since we will be traveling during the six Sundays of Lent as well. Through prayer, we will travel the lands of our nation interceding for God’s hand to heal our nation and draw us closer to Him. By the time we reach the destination of our journey, we will be prepared to celebrate not only the power of the resurrection of Jesus but also the power of a new prayer life.
Where will our journey lead us? I am not sure of the exact route, but there is Someone who does know. His name is Jesus! According to Hebrews 12:2, we will be “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The Lenten season is a time when we can reflect upon Jesus’ journey toward the cross where He died for us and then rose again on Easter morning. Jesus fixed His eyes on the cross and we need to fix our eyes on Jesus as we pray on behalf of our nation. Luke 9:51 NKJV says “Jesus steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.” These words describe the determination with which Jesus approached the city where He would be crucified. Jesus set his eyes on the cross. As we travel our prayer journey together, our focus must also be upon the cross because that is where we will find victory. The season of Lent is culminated with Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning. Today, the power that raised Him from the dead is available to answer our cries for our country. I agree with Paul who says in Philippians 3:10 NLT, “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.” There is a need within our nation for this power to spread across the land.
What promise do we have that each step we take each day of our journey will bring us closer to our destination? Listen to this promise from Jeremiah 33:3 MSG, “Just call to Me. I guarantee I will answer you….” His guarantee should inspire us to pray! Then He goes on to say “…I will make you strong and brave and courageous” for this journey. I’m ready for the journey! Are you ready? There is a need for us to take this journey.
So, how will we take our steps or what will our prayers entail? II Chronicles 7:14 gives us some direction, “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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” If we are to affectively pray for our land, or specifically our country, we are instructed not only to repeat words, but to humbly come before the Lord, to seek His face as well as His hand, and to confess our personal sins and the sins of our nation. I believe a special season of dedicated prayer for our nation is a wonderful way for us to observe the season of Lent. This journey will allow roads to open for our nation and for us to come into a closer relationship with the Lord. My Reader, I extend to you a personal invitation to join me in a journey of prayer during the next 46 days. In fact, I also encourage you to join the extended trip described by Ann Voskamp. There already is a multitude of over 100,000 women taking part in this venture. While traveling, we will take each step on our knees rather than on our feet, but we will cover and recover great territory for the Lord. Just one step each day. Just one prayer each day. The journey will take us on the road to victory where we will celebrate Easter morning.
I would appreciate an RSVP if you choose to accept this invitation for the next 46 days. You can do so by responding with a comment on this blog post. Thanks!