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United in prayer

At the beginning of May, on a Thursday night washing dishes after dinner, I was listening to music on Spotify. Lost in thought about how much I loathe washing dishes, I began to pay more attention as I realized the music transitioned to commercials. One of those commercials I heard that evening was about a prayer gathering for Christians on the National Mall in July. The voice in the commercial kept repeating, “Jesus is the reset.”

I immediately Googled “Jesus is the reset” to find out more. I soon discovered the call for one million believers to gather on the National Mall on July 16 to stand united in prayer for our country.

And if our nation ever needed prayer it is now.

The problems, issues, and circumstances facing our nation will only be combated through the hand of the Lord and believers must call upon Him in prayer. We often mention the armor of God and how each believer should put on each piece of the armor (Ephesians 6:13-17) in order to engage in the battle of this world. However, it is “therefore” at the beginning of verse 13 that forces us to look at why this armor is necessary.

In the previous verse Paul says “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” The battle we engage in is spiritual. As such, our weapons are spiritual. We must seek the Truth in God’s Word; put on the righteousness of Christ; be prepared to share the Gospel of peace; and walk in faith under our salvation with the Word of God. Interestingly, none of these elements come from ourselves – they all come from the Lord God and are “put on” in prayer.

Often we think we can solve our problems with fixes, but Scripture is clear in telling us our problems are not going to be solved with a fix. Instead, we are to call upon the Lord and His strength (6:10). As individual members of the Body of Christ, making up the collective Body of Christ, we must seek the Lord in prayer. Not just with lip service, but in action.

Jesus is the reset for this nation and He is the reset for each of our individual lives.

I encourage you, if you are able, to take time to pray for the Church and our nation on July 16. If you can join as one of the million on the National Mall, great; if not, don’t let that hinder you from praying.

More information about Together 2016 can be found at reset2016.com.

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