Return to God

Scripture: All the nations will ask: “Why has the Lord done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?”
And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt. Deuteronomy 29:24,25 NIV

Observation: In Deuteronomy 28 & 29 Moses goes through an exhaustive list of the benefits and curses for following or for forsaking God.

Application: The summation in today’s verses is so applicable to the America in which we live. I don’t believe that God is directly cursing America, but I do believe that when we as a country intentionally take ourselves out from under his protection he allows us to reap what we sow.  Just like the nation of Israel, America was blessed by God.  Just like Israel saw destruction for straying, America sees the error of not remaining true to it’s God-centered foundation.

***The following is excerpted from and the entire prayer was replayed on the Paul Harvey radio show***

This actually happened in the Kansas House in Topeka on January 23, 1996.  Joe Wright [was] the pastor of Central Christian Church in Wichita and was guest chaplain that day.  [He gave the invocation to open the legislative session that day].

Heavenly Father,

We come before You today to ask Your Forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ”Woe to those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we have done. We have lost our Spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. We confess that; we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism; We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism; We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle; We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery; We have neglected the needy and called it self preservation; We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare; We have killed our unborn and called it choice; We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable; We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem; We have abused power and called it political savvy; We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition; We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression; We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of this state and who have been ordained by You, to govern this great state of Kansas. Grant them your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your Will.

I ask in in the name of your Son, The Living Savior, Jesus Christ

Prayer: What else needs to be said? That is my prayer, that we, as a nation return to our foundation of Christ-centeredness.  Amen


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