Tuesday, November 4, 2008

One Nation Under God

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands: One nation, under God, indivisible, With liberty and justice for all."

Today Americans exercise their privilege to cast their votes for president of the United States. If you have not voted yet and need more information, download the Family Research Council Guide here.

I find it disturbing that when we cite the pledge of allegiance, we declare “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” yet with our party system our nation seems divided -- divided over major issues.

Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what our senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

Ronald Reagan, August 23, 1984

This morning in my scheduled chronological reading, I read Jesus’ prayer for those who believe in Him. He prayed this prayer before His crucifixion for all believers be united.

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. ~~John 17:20-23 NASB

I ask you to join me in prayer today.

  • First, the body of Christ be one as Jesus prayed so that the world may believe that the Father sent Jesus, His son and that we be perfected in unity.
  • Second, this nation is united as one nation under God. Pray that our elected leaders will use the Bible as their plumb line for decisions not the ways that seem right to man.
  • Third, voters will be led by the Holy Spirit for whom to cast their votes.

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You that You are on the throne and no one can vote You out of Your position. Lord, You know today is election day in the United States. Lord, I pray that Your body be united as one under Jesus who is the head. I pray Your body seek Your will before marking the ballots this day. Lord, I pray that this nation is united as one nation under God who seeks to do Your will using the Your word as the basis for making decisions and not the ways of man. Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit lead Your people today as they cast their ballots. Lord, we ask You to bless our nation. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Engrafted by His Grace--

7 gracious comments:

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

Amen Shonda in Jesus' Name! Thank you for the quote on RR! He is greatly missed! Amos 7 says we had better hold up to the Plumb line in God's hands as well as taking heed not to be complacent.

I join in the prayer!
chel

Nicole said...

Amen sista!!! Standing in agreeance with your prayer!

Leah said...

I couldn't agree more!! I really have such a peace amidst all of this and have had for a couple of weeks. No matter who is elected, God will still be on His throne and in complete control. There is much peace in knowing and truly believing that.

Leah

Cherdecor said...

I pray this prayer with you Shonda.
Hugs,
Cheryl

Marina said...

Amen, marina

Talkin' Texan said...

Now today, after the votes are counted, we need to pray even more. May God's people be the salt and light we are called to be.
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Alene said...

I love the Ronald Reagan quote. I could hear his distinct and sweet voice saying it as I read. We live in the best country in the world! God will be glorified.