Do you ever wonder how to pray for our nation right now? In this unsettled times of pandemic resurgence, uncertain election outcomes, and even unrest due to senseless acts of violence, how do we pray for our nation? I think it becomes quite clear as we consider this passage: God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people. Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You. Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance. Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to Your might and power. (Ephesians 1:17-19)
I call out to you on behalf of your people - this is where it begins - we stop what we are doing and we actually take time to call out to God. We take notice of the things around us, even when we don't understand them, or feel they are ridiculous, and we call out. It is our voice that needs to be heard in the throne room of God, my friends.
Give them minds ready to received wisdom and revelation - this is the crux of our 'crying out' - for all mankind to be ready and willing to receive wisdom and revelation. Wisdom is applied knowledge - revelation is the disclosure of things not previously seen or understood. We pray for both because without wisdom our actions are hit or miss - without revelation our purpose in acting is really not of much value.
Open the eyes of their hearts - why? This nation needs to know God - to come to a revelation of his power and his greatness. To return to its roots! Asking God to open the eyes of their hearts really implies that their 'heart's eyes' have been closed by something or someone. They are 'blinded' to the truth around them. When we pray for the eyes of our nation to be opened, we are praying for the 'blinders' to fall away and for the people to begin to see clearly.
Let the light of your truth flood in - this is where vision begins - with the introduction of light. In the pitch black of darkness, can we see? Certainly not well! It is when light begins to dawn, when the first glimmers of radiance begin to cast a glow that revelation begins to occur.
Shine your light on the hope you are calling them to embrace - the reason we pray for light to overtake the darkness is that we know with the light comes hope. There is no greater thing we can pray for our nation right now - bring us hope - and do so by revealing to us the hope you bring, God.
Reveal to them the glorious riches of your inheritance - prepared for them in advance of them ever knowing them. We don't just want opened eyes and softened hearts - we want willing spirits that will embrace what is made available in Christ Jesus to each one who will ask.
Let them see the full extent of your power - at work already because you and I are upholding our nation in prayer and crying out today. Just prayin!