I went to bed one night about midnight with a burden of the Lord. I had read through the book of Lamentations over and over finding myself lamenting along with this prophet.
But I also went to bed with the hope that God will raise up more intercessors who know how to pray like men prayed in the Bible.
Because of Korah's rebellion, God sent a plague and 14,700 men died! While the plague was going on, Moses called Aaron for a remedy. That remedy was intercession! The Bible says, "He stood between the living and the dead and the plague stopped!" (Num. 16:48)
Similarly, when David sinned against God, God sent a plague to kill 70,000 men. But David built an altar to sacrifice the burnt offering to the Lord, and the plague stopped. "Then the Lord answered the prayer in behalf of the land and the plague was stopped" (2 Sam. 24:25).
If Aaron and David could stop the plagues of God's wrath on behalf of their land, you and I can call on the Name of the Lord on behalf of America to stop God's wrath from our nation!
Although we hope God will raise up more intercessors, our hope is not based on our intercession, but on His character and His compassion. "But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love" (Nehemiah 9:17)
The Lord gave me Psalm 123 (that speaks of His compassionate mercy) to start praying as I share in His burden for our nation.
"I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy.
3 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt.
Each of us needs to take time to cry out to God, both individually and corporately! We must make our time in prayer a priority and earnestly call upon God on behalf of America. Let's intensify our prayers for our nation.