Most Christians who know God’s word can tell you we are a called to be a Holy nation, a Royal Priesthood.
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
As this royal priesthood we have the responsibility of intercession for our nation. If ever there was a time that the United States needed intercession it is during this election. The Bible has laid out a pattern of prayer for a sinful nation and people. It is found in Nehemiah chapter 1, and Daniel chapter 9. Here is the second part of the pattern. (All five can be seen in my blog Infected Nation.)
The second part of the pattern is: 2. Confession of our national sins.
Let me remind us of another verse we quote in regards to national revival.
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chron 7:14
Confession of our national sin is the second half of humbling ourselves before God. The first is confession of the greatness of God. His greatness and Holiness should cause us to see our national sin for what it is, and confess it before Him. Our national sin is more than specific sins like abortion, homosexuality, pornography, and drug abuse.those are just symptoms of it.
Our national sin is the same as it was in Daniel, and Nehemiah’s day.
“We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.” Dan 9:5-6
“I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.” Neh 1:6-7
We have acted wickedly toward God, and we have rebelled against Him, and His word. America has removed God from the public arena! We have allowed evil men and women to lie and govern in a way that not only supports wicked behavior, but sanctions it in law! If ever there was a time we needed a praying people it is now! Do you realize that one of our political parties actually voted to ban any mention of God from their platform, and they voted to remove any reference to Israel from it as well. They put it back in at the last minute because it became an issue in the news.
We need a praying Church who will stand in the gap and confess the sin of the United States, we need the Holy Nation on their faces before their Holy God crying out on behalf of a people who aren’t! There is more we need to do. We also need the people of God to Confess our personal participation in those sins. The third element.