The Prayer of the Righteous

Can you imagine the country in which you live having passed the point of no return with respect to whether the Lord will hear any prayer for its continued existence or not? Can you think of a righteous man greater than Noah, Daniel, or Job? Perhaps you can, but if a nation has gone so far as to have the Lord remove all protection, even the prayers of righteous men like these three will not prevent to Lord from bringing His wrath to bear upon them (Ezekiel 14:12-20). We look at our own nation and wonder? A couple-three things to keep in mind: first, God was in covenant relationship with the nation of Israel for a good many years. In His forbearance, He did not give Israel their just due for their sin against Him. To Ezekiel, He lets the prophet know that all protections are gone. Second, while we have considered our nation as a “Christian” nation, we, as a nation, have never been in covenant relationship with the Lord like Israel; thus, there is no direct correlation we can make. Third, the Lord exhorts that we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:1`7); in my understanding of the Scripture, that includes for our leaders and nation (1 Timothy 2:4).

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