August 13, 2020
We Need to Love America
I love America. The Lord has arrested me with a love for America and has given me His heart for this nation. God has convinced me through the historical record that He had a dream for this land that we now call the United States of America. He unfolded that plan over time. He sent His people here, and they came without consideration of their personal futures. They knew they had heard His direction and they came to fulfill it in their generation. They knew that He really cared that we become a nation. They knew the purpose in it. They carried His dream to our shores with extraordinary faith, passion, and commitment. I feel we owe it to those early settlers to know what that dream and vision was, so we can carry it forward in our generation.
It’s not always popular to talk about loving our country today. I feel it’s appropriate to love my country. I believe it’s a good thing to love this land that God had me born into. I don’t believe God loves this nation any more than He loves other nations. I don’t believe He loves my family more than any other family, but I still believe it is important for me to passionately love my family.
I have had a human love for America, however, it became so much more than that when God gripped me for this nation. He revealed His heart for America to me. He revealed the dream in His heart to me. I began to see why there is such a spiritual war for the soul of this country. It’s because it is about so much more than freedom and prosperity. Those are things God gave us so we can fulfill our destiny. They are not our destiny in and of themselves.
When founding father Rev. Robert Hunt landed on the shores of Cape Henry in 1607, he planted a Cross and said, “The Gospel will go forth from these shores, not only to this land, but to all the nations of the earth.” In that statement, he perfectly summed up God’s destiny for America. This is the purpose of God for us. We are to expand His Gospel from our shores. That is what He caused me to carry in my heart that day.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- With everything going on right now, how do you feel about America? Are you concerned about being swayed by what you hear on the news, or has the Lord touched your heart with love and faith for our nation?
- Declare the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus. Therefore, He has sent us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He has commanded us.”
- Declare Robert Hunt’s statement over America, “The Gospel will go forth from these shores, not only to this land, but to all the nations of the earth.”
- Ask the Lord to give you the kind of love for America that keeps you interceding and spiritually fighting for the fulfillment of God’s vision for the nation.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, America is in a philosophical war right now. Sometimes it feels like we aren’t going to make it much further. The Church needs to solidify that we really believe this is a Christian nation. We need to find the truth and hold firmly to it. We need to love this country. It matters. Our founding fathers and mothers showed great faith in acting on Your Word of direction to them. They paid a tremendous price to leave everything and fulfill Your will. The historical record clearly shows they loved You and they loved this land You gave them. They believed this was a fresh opportunity to fulfill the great commission and that generations that followed them would do the same from this place.
We believe that we are to fulfill the Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:18-20. It says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to You, Jesus. Therefore, You have sent us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything You have commanded us.” We believe that Rev. Robert Hunt commissioned America into that command with his words, “The Gospel will go forth from these shores, not only to this land, but to all the nations of the earth.” Give us a deeper love for this country and a firm commitment to intercede for the nation and the people of our generation. We want to see the dream fulfilled. Let us love and protect this amazing place called the United States of America in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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