The World According to kcillini77

September 26, 2008

Country First

Filed under: America,Christianity — kcillini77 @ 11:02 pm
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Dear Friend in Christ, we are delighted that you will join us in prayer for spiritual
revival and national renewal. Our nation is in need of both. Jesus declared
that His followers are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt.
5:13-16). We must become engaged in this battle for our nation’s soul.
However, until as Christians we experience revival in our own lives, it will be
extremely difficult to restore our nation’s moral foundations.

The battle for our nation’s soul is not just about voting booths. This is first and
foremost a spiritual contest. A spiritual battle is being waged across our nation,
and it must be met first of all with spiritual weapons. God’s people must pray
for a great outpouring of God’s Spirit on them, the churches, and the nation.
Then, when God has responded with His outpouring, His people will be
empowered and motivated to do the hard work of restoring our nation’s
moral foundation.

So begins the prayer guide the Southern Baptist Convention has released for their 40 Days of Prayer campaign that began on September 24.  So, if my Southern Baptist church had been paying attention at the convention they would have passed these guides out and today I would have been praying along with my fellow parishoners that God would:

• Search through my life and reveal any sin
• Help me be honest with Him about my sin
• Fill me with a deep desire for holiness
• Help me hate the sin in my life
• Help me surrender sinful thoughts and practices
• Help me live more faithfully
• Restore any lost joy in my walk with Him

Hey, I was on the path to being my usual cynical self, but these are things that I really should be praying.  Maybe this is a guide for my prayers I can really use.  Yeah, this first week looks pretty good – kind of an examination of my life in the eyes of God.  Let’s see what we’re going to pray about the other weeks.  Next week we pray for Church Revival.  Not quite sure what we mean by “revival” here, but I guess I’ll look at some of the things we’ll pray for this week and see:

Sept. 30: For Your Church 2 Cor 13:9; Eph 3:17b-19; Ezek 37:4-6 (p. 12)
Oct. 1: Churches in Your City Phil 1:9-11; 2 Cor 13:7-9; 1 Thess 4:4, 7 (p. 13)
Oct. 2: Churches in Your State Phlm 1:6; Gal 5:13, 22-23; Heb 12:14 (p. 14)
Oct. 3: Churches in the Nation 2 Thess 1:11-12; Eph 1:17-19; Jer 42:2-3 (p. 15)
Oct. 4: Church Friends Who Need a Touch from God 3 Jn 1:2; Jas 5:13,16; Matt 9:27-29 (p. 16)
Oct. 5: God’s Revived People to Register to Vote Matt 22:20-21; Matt 5:13-16; Rom 13:1-7 (p. 17)

Hmmm, let’s see what the Bible has to say in Matthew and Romans about God’s people registering to vote:

Matthew 22:20-21
“20 ‘Whose image and inscription is
this?’ He asked them. 21 ‘Caesar’s,’
they said to Him. Then He said to them,
‘Therefore, give back to Caesar the
things that are Caesar’s, and to God
the things that are God’s.’”
Nothing about voting here. Must be in the next one:
Matthew 5:13-16
“13 ‘You are the salt of the earth. But
if the salt should lose its taste, how
can it be made salty? It’s no longer
good for anything but to be thrown
out and trampled on by men.’ 14 ‘You
are the light of the world. A city
situated on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 No one lights a lamp and puts it
under a basket, but rather on a
lampstand, and it gives light for all who
are in the house. 16 In the same way,
let your light shine before men, so that
they may see your good works and give
glory to your Father in heaven.’”
Oh, I see!!!  When Jesus said we should let our light shine before men, he meant I should VOTE for the right candidate (a good work) so that that would be seen by others and they would give glory to my Father in heaven!  It’s starting to come together.  And Romans 13 must be full of voting insight.  Well, it says we should submit to the authorities over us, but I’m sure Paul assumed we already voted the godly men into office.  So it all makes sense.

Scanning the guide, over the 40 days participating SBC members will ask God to:

• Lead church leaders to preach on the importance of Christian involvement in the election (instead of another boring sermon on grace)

• Compel Christians to take the time to register to vote

• Help churches find creative ways to encourage Christians to register to vote (and if there’s one thing the church could use it’s another creative way to get us to do something)

• Help you talk to your Christian friends about the importance of voting (Uh, guys, I think we should vote.  What do you think?)

• Confound the efforts of people who try to stop Christians from getting informed in the churches (yeah – stick it to those pesky heathens who think our tax exempt status is supposed to enable us to better serve the poor, when what we really need is to be told who to vote for.)

• Help churches to discover more effective ways to reach the lost (because if God would just bring to mind a better advertising hook we’d be reaching more people with His Word)

• Burden Christians to support national efforts to bring people to Christ (Already underway – just looking for a good slogan)

• Raise up new entertainment personalities who promote godly values (We could really use another Stephen Baldwin to help us win more souls to Christ).

• Convince policy makers that His moral code makes strong nations (Like modern day Israel?)

• Convict people to dress modestly in public (Modest IS Hottest)

• Help you communicate your concerns regularly with your elected representatives (About the potholes and streetlights or just about literature with swear words in the schools?)

• Expose ungodly influences affecting public officials (Just not our own ungodliness?)

• Burden churches to help public officials work toward good goals (Like new roads to lead to our new megachurch)

• Give Christians who run for public office favor in the eyes of the electorate (Just like He did with W.)

• Confound the counsel of candidates who don’t support biblical values (Maybe they could speak in tongues)

• Lead churches to encourage their members to run for public office

• Discourage ungodly people from running for public office (Don’t even try it Buster – only churchgoing folk in this position!)

• Provide the resources godly candidates need to win elections (We know you’re God and all, but we don’t want to ask you to actually put our man in office – just send him enough money to advertise that he’s Your man for the job.)

• Confound the plans of the enemies of the United States

• Help the United States continue to be the world’s leader in promoting freedom for all people. (Because we wouldn’t want anyone from any of those heathen countries pushing freedom on the rest of the world and Bono’s already stolen enough of our thunder. )

There are many more things in this guide to pray for, and now that I look at it, I think it really is a guide that I can use.  You see, the very last thing it says we are supposed to do in each and every prayer is “trust that God is at work to accomplish His will.”  That, I can use.  See, I’m not really cynical about this prayer guide.  It’s just 83 pages too long.

Note:  If you were offended by this post, it’s not my fault. The Internet Monk made me do it.


  1. […] LINK: Read Matt Davis’s take on the 40/40. […]

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  2. […] “Frequent Commenter Ken” linking me to iMonk’s new article which linked me to this excellent article (read all the bullet points) about the Southern Baptist Convention’s new “40/40 Prayer Guide” specifically […]

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  3. Matt,

    WELL DONE! Isee wisdom in your thinking!

    Comment by A Carolyn — September 27, 2008 @ 11:39 am | Reply

  4. This is excellent! Have you heard of Lou Engle’s vision/hope for these 40 days of prayer? If not, check it out. It’s right along the same lines as what you’re talking about.

    Comment by handsfrozentothesword — October 13, 2008 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

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