Who Will Intercede for America?
This week our nation will observe National Day of Prayer. In honor of that day, this week's devotionals are excerpts taken from the book A Call to America by Nancy Jesudass.
I came to America from Vietnam in 1970 admiring the glory of God upon this great nation. I rejoiced and enjoyed America's many blessings.
However, as years passed, especially in the late 80's, I began to notice America's moral decay and the spiritual downfall slowly gripping this lovely land. I grieved deeply and shed many tears as I painfully watched its decline.
One day in early 1991, while praying and walking, suddenly I heard a voice, not audible but loud and clear, from within me. "Nancy, are you willing to give up your part-time job and your church activities to go into full-time intercession? I'm calling you to be an intercessor, especially focused on revival in America. Are you willing?"
I stood in awe of God's presence; I was speechless. I felt so utterly unworthy. God's voice sounded so clear and so dear.
When I arrived home, I was still enjoying God's presence. I said, "Yes, Lord, may it be to me as You have said." This was Mary's response when the angel Gabriel visited her.
Since receiving that call more than 20 years ago, I have prayed earnestly for our nation's revival. Sometimes I pray for hours and hours for lost souls to come to Christ because our God is the God of the Nations. When I find myself groaning in prayer, it is Jesus travailing through me.
In January of 1998, God called me to a 40-day fast, drinking only water and one glass of clear juice each day.
A year later, the Lord called me to fast again for 40 days in the same manner but in two periods of 20 days at a time. Again, I obeyed His voice.
The next year, He called me to fast for another 40 days in the same manner but this time in four separate segments of ten days at a time. Again, I obeyed.
During each fast I experienced God's heart crying through me for this nation to repent, beginning with the house of God. The more I cried through those years, the more I saw this nation get worse and worse with little repentance.
Today, God is still calling. "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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
"Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there" (2 Chronicles 7:15-16