"I need help!" she cried. "The door slammed on my cat's tail and cut this piece off! I need someone to sew it back on!"
"I'm sorry, but we can't help you with that," the greeter replied regretfully.
"Why not?" the woman asked incredulously. "Just this morning I heard on TV that Wal-Mart was the world's largest retailer!"
The congregation laughed collectively at our pastor's funny story, which introduced the main idea that Christians often forget where to go first when calamity strikes. As I listened to the sermon, I was thinking about our country's problems - the senseless killing of children by children, a divisive political climate, and an ever-expanding government and budget.
The pastor expounded on Paul's example of going to God in prayer first in times of trouble. Many have voiced their displeasure about our country. Political polls indicate that the vast majority of Americans are dissatisfied with our nation's politicians, but the Bible tells us that until God's people turn from all disobedience, humble themselves, and pray, we will continue to be a divided people. Are we going to the One who has the power to bring about change as our first line of
2 Chronicles 7:14 Then if my people will humble themselves and pray, and search for me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.
I urge you all to pray for our nation. I have adapted a prayer calendar that I use as a reminder of how and what to pray about. During the month, I will pray for each state and territory and for our government and the spiritual condition of our country. At the end of the month, I simply start over with day one and continue through each month of the year. The calendar, in PDF format, is available for your use by clicking the button below: