Are Celebs and Politicians Really Praying in Wake of Tragedies?

People stand during a prayer service at the Concord Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
People stand during a prayer service at the Concord Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

When we admit we are weak, then we will discover the strength of the nations.

I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the ruthless (Is. 13:11,(MEV).

It's an indictment on our nation when we puff up our chest in the face of our enemies and make trite, inaccurate statements about our supposed strength. American pride is finally coming back to haunt us. Our haughty, arrogant spirit has opened the gates of our nation to our enemies.

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No, America, we are not strong, and we need to finally admit it. Without a radical devotion to Jesus, we have no hope.

A NEW AMERICAN REVOLUTION

We need our president to humble himself, to admit our extreme vulnerability without God and to lead the nation in cries of repentance. Pastors, do the same. Nothing less than a new American Revolution will stop our downward spiral as a nation.

Except, this time we aren't fighting for our independence. We must humbly repent of our pride, arrogance and self-sufficiency.

Instead of overthrowing the authority of the British monarchy, we must submit to the authority of the kingdom of God.

If we understand the nature of God, realization of our weakness is very good news for us—if we repent, cry out to God as a nation and surrender to the king.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in fighting, and turned the armies of foreign enemies to flight (Heb.0 11:32-34, MEV).

American can become strong out of weakness and put ISIS, cop killers, terrorists and foreign armies to flight—if we turn to God.

 But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Cor. 12:9, MEV).

PROTESTS VS. REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS

What if, instead of protests and attempting to force an agenda, we simply forgave?

What if we hit our knees and admitted how dark our own hearts can be?

"The heart is more deceitful than all things and desperately wicked; who can understand it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his deeds" (Jer. 17:9-10, MEV).

God knows the depths of our heart and we are being tested as a nation.

Will we humble ourselves or rise up in anger and pride? The answer to that question will determine the direction of our nation.

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6, MEV).

We have to embrace meekness as a people—if we want our nation to be safe and favored again.

PRAYER FOR OUR NATION IS NOT ENOUGH.

It's laughable when celebrities and politicians tweet and post about prayers being given during times of crisis. Are they really praying? To whom? Is the spirit of prayer really driving them, or is it something else?

Maybe if we didn't wait for tragedy to hit before a national movement of prayer launches, we would find the protection and prosperity we so desire.

When I shut up the heaven and there is no rain, or when I command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence on My people, 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 will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer of this place (2 Chron. 7:13-15, MEV).

Prayer isn't enough.

Per the above passage in 1 Chronicles 7, the prescription for national safety is more involved than simply tweeting a prayer. It will truly take a new American Revolution to see a response like this on a large scale level:

  1. HUMILITY—We are nothing without God. This is why it's so critical to elect politicians who are meek. Proud, arrogant people give hope in the natural, but spiritually they are a serious liability.
  2. PRAY—Prayer movements must erupt from coast to coast. Never ending, heart rending intercession must launch now.
  3. SEEK—God is calling us into his presence! A holy people running after and encountering God as a lifestyle is a must.
  4. TURN—The vile wickedness in our nation, and in so much of our church, is a stench in the nostrils of God. Repentance has to begin, and when it does, God will finally forgive our sin and hear our prayer!

Then, and only then, will God begin the process of healing America.

I'd say a revolution like this is well worth it.

Let's do this America. Let's see our great land become safe, free and prosperous again.

For the original article, visit burton.tv.

John Burton has been developing and leading ministries for over 20 years and is a sought-after teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. He has authored nine books, has appeared on Christian television and radio and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. Additionally, he planted two churches, has initiated two city prayer movements and is currently directing a prayer- and revival-focused ministry school in Detroit called theLab University. John also has a web- and graphic-design business and is continually developing new and exciting ventures. He and his beautiful wife, Amy, have five children and live in the Detroit area. He can be reached via his website atjohnburton.net.

John Burton has been developing and leading ministries for over 25 years and is a sought out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. John has authored ten books, is a regular contributor to Charisma Magazine, has appeared on Christian television and radio and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. A large and growing library of audio and video teachings, articles, books and other resources can be found on his website at www.burton.tv. John, his wife Amy and their five children live in Branson, Missouri.


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