Holy Week 2012: A perfect time to pray for America’s future

Now, more than ever, America needs people of faith to pray for its future. Photo: Associated Press

HAWAII, April 1, 2012 – ­As we enter the week that commemorates Jesus’ final week of earthly ministry before his crucifixion and resurrection, I believe now is the time for people of faith all across America to recognize that more than ever, our country needs us to pray united for its people and their future.

Jesus said in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me … to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed, who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed and broken down by calamity, to proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord, the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.”

As I look at America today, I see a nation of people oppressed, downtrodden, bruised, crushed and broken down by calamity.

Over the last ten years, America has gone from crisis to crisis and its people are struggling to find an identity and a purpose amidst all that has happened to them.

Many people are fighting secret, losing battles with depression, low self-esteem and feelings of intense loneliness. My heart breaks for this country and its people. America, more than ever, needs God’s touch. My heart breaks to see so great a nation stooped so low.

For those of us who do believe that love and faith work together to produce miracles, the time to pray for God’s healing power to be upon the nation is now. Prayer works for those who pray and expect things to happen.

I believe with all my heart that if we as believers commit ourselves to praying for America, God will listen and look favorably upon our cause.

I call upon believers all across these United States to take a time out this Holy Week and to pray on behalf of this country. For those of you who have never prayed before and do not know how to pray but would like to, you can pray with me now and read this in faith:

“Heavenly Father, we believe that you desire mercy, not sacrifice and that your love is greater than any crisis or anything in this world. We pray to you in this time of great crisis and anxiety which has taken hold of our country and we invite your Holy Spirit to bring restoration, peace and the abundance of your goodness to our United States of America.”

“Jesus paid the debt of an entire world – past, present and future – with his death on the Cross. We ask that the debts of our nation would be zeroed out and that our people would be set free from financial bondage. Restore our fortunes, bless our industries, give our scientists new knowledge and understanding to produce wonderful technologies, touch the hearts of our leaders and direct them to do what is right and to shun corruption.”

“Most of all, we pray for our neighborhoods and our cities, that your blessing would be upon them to make them prosper again, to cause families to be reconciled to each other, mend broken hearts and erase loneliness with restored relationships, cause hate to cease and love to be the law of the land. Once more, let good things gravitate to us and let us have hope for a future better than our present. Heal the afflictions of this nation and let us once more, be a land where truth, justice and righteousness is the American Way. Amen.

May God bless all of you readers this Holy Week and may you rejoice in many miracles, favor, prosperity and peace that surpasses all understanding. The message of the Cross is that love always overcomes all odds. Remember now and always that Jesus loves you – and so do I.

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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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