Today, Jerry Nichols leads us in a prayer for redemption. Jerry is the Managing Director of SEO Forensic Marketing. He has been a senior executive at Fortune 500 companies with experience in banking, network marketing, business startups, and internet marketing. Jerry is also an experienced educator, trainer, leader and coach.
It is my privilege to be talking with you today in the 40th day of a prayer challenge that is literally changing hearts and minds and, we believe, changing the course of this nation.
I was recently at the prayer march in Washington, D.C. with a good friend of mine. We were there on the Mall and we were listening to Franklin Graham begin to talk about what this was. He said, “This is about prayer and prayer starts with repentance, and it starts with me.”
That was a humbling moment because I thought of myself—and you may be thinking that right now. I get emotional thinking about it.
God calls us to come to Him in humility. That humility begins with that soul searching and that aching to be close to the fire, that pursuit of holiness; not the striving for perfection, because that’s an impossible move or feat for us to accomplish.
But as David said in Psalms 139:23-24:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wickedness, any grievous way in me and lead me and teach me your ways.
I will tell you, that is a sobering prayer. That is sobering Scripture to read. To realize “Search me, O Lord? Search my thoughts even? Everything?”
Of course, I’m not going to measure up, but I can come boldly into the throne room of God Almighty and pray and repent and say, “I accept the blood of Jesus. I am not perfect. I will strive for that ultimate piece of humility, which is simply me confessing my sins and praying my heart out to God.”
That’s what we did on the Mall. And so I’d like to pray with you now. Please join me:
Heavenly Father, Lord, we come to You and we thank You that You are a mighty God, that you are a Redeemer, that your mercy endures forever, that your grace is sufficient for all things.
God, we can come as your children, even though we may be weak and weary; we may be overwhelmed; we may not know what to do next; we may have made some mistakes that we have to confess our sins and make some wrongs right, Lord.
But that’s just part of the course. That’s just part of what You have in mind for us.
God, we ask You to first start with us and we ask for repentance and we ask for forgiveness. You are our Redeemer.
You can redeem anyone, anything, any situation.
God, we ask You to redeem this soul, this heart and, God, of the hearts and minds that are joining me here today, we ask for the same thing.
We ask for this nation, Lord, that as we pray, and this world, as we pray, that we are changed and that the kingdom of God is advanced. In Jesus’s name.Amen.
God bless and take care.