A Prayer for our Nation and other thoughts

I have some other things I want to get into today, but I always like to post links to articles that expose the lies of internet porn.  A friend of mine sent these to me.

The first one is on what internet porn is doing to the male brain.  Here is the link:  porn and the male brain

The second one is an article from a Catholic site that explains just how unhealthy the viewing of pornography really is.  Here is that link:  unhealthiness of porn

I also had a prayer sent to me, and I just had to post it.  I have been told multiple things regarding who it is attributed too.  Many think it is Billy Graham.  However, after some research we find Billy Graham is not the author.  The prayer was originally given by Bob Russell of Southeast Christian Church in 1995, and this prayer was made popular in 1996 by Pastor Joe Wright when he delivered the prayer at the Kansas House of Representatives.  Ultimately, it does not matter to me who originally penned it, but I do like to give credit to the original author.  More importantly, I would like you to focus on the words of the prayer.  May this be the prayer of our hearts today!

A Prayer for our Nation:

“Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your Forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that’s exactly what we have done. We have lost our Spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism; We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism; We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle; We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery; We have neglected the needy and called it self preservation; We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare; We have killed our unborn and called it choice; We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable; We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem; We have abused power and called it political savvy; We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition; We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression; We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.”

The bottom line is we are in bondage to many things in our culture.  I have had conversations with several young men recently who are addicted to porn.  They refuse to walk through the recovery process that is necessary because of what they must give up.  They even have said to me that there is much sacrifice in what I ask of them.  My response to them and to myself and to those reading is simple:  Following Christ requires sacrifice.  I am reminded of the story Jesus tells in Matthew 19 about a young man who allowed wealth to come between him and Jesus.  He couldn’t follow Christ because he loved his great wealth more than Christ.  The reality for many today is that they love the stuff they have become bonded to more than they love Christ.  This is what is going on in the hearts of the young men who won’t make necessary sacrifices in their lives to be fully devoted to Christ.

May our hearts desire the truth of the end of this prayer.  May we want God to cleanse any wickedness in us.  May we want God to cleanse us from the sins we bond to.  May we want God to empower us to set us free.  May we make whatever sacrifices are necessary so God can do this work in our hearts.

My fear is that the church in our nation does not want this type of cleansing.  We say we do.  We give lip service to it, but do we really want to be cleansed?  May we all examine our hearts today and every day!

 

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