by Shria Sorko-Ram
Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid it on the line at the UN. I personally believe that God helped this man to give a speech that clearly articulated the danger of going to sleep while Iran continues to work to produce nuclear weapons.
I believe God heard our prayers – though there is a rough road ahead that will need continuous prayer. Even as we speak, Great Britain has begun the process to repair ties with Iran, and is planning to reopen its embassies which have been closed since 2011.
However this week, there is another crisis coming up over America’s debt ceiling. Nations overseas see it as a once-in-generations challenge because of the accompanying high unemployment rates and a stagnated recovery from the Great Recession. This is the view from the Far East.
To those who are from other countries, please pardon while I write this call for prayer directly to the Americans. And while you pray for your country, remember to pray for America. They are in desperate need right now.
If Congress doesn’t approve raising the debt ceiling, there may be consequences that could affect the global economy. If Congress does approve it, the U.S. is simply brought closer to the edge when there will be absolutely no way for it to pay its bills.
Even the liberal CNN network reports the U.S. has been living far beyond its tax base. It quotes British Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell as saying, “For a generation or so, the American government has been living far beyond its tax base, with deficits since 1970 in all but four years. In 2010, it spent $1.9 billion more than it collected in taxes.” It borrowed more than the entire GDP of Canada or India just to pay the bills!
Living in denial is a wonderful way to go for a season – but eventually reality hits hard.
Of course, God’s people are concerned about this coming catastrophe – for their own families, their jobs and their churches and congregations. What will happen to the American people if the nation fails economically?
I have often considered, as perhaps many of you, why God has been so good to America – even with the exponential explosion of sin in the nation especially over the last 50 years.
I believe we as believers can still cry out to God to spare America – because, and only because of the multitude of Christians and Messianic Jews who are the salt and the light in America.
The U.S. is still the greatest purveyor of the Gospel. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe have received Everlasting Life because of the sacrifices of American born-again believers. Many have followed God’s call – from jungle villages to pagan megacities – to bring truth to those who have never before heard. Believers have given sacrificially from what they have and pray regularly so that the Kingdom of God can continue to expand in the world.
Again, we must pray, pray, pray. It appears there will be continuous occurrences of crisis and wars and attacks and natural disasters. It used to be that America had the means to rescue nations from the evil that befell them. But now America is weak.
But is this the time for her to completely collapse? Perhaps so. Perhaps this is her time because of the rise of atheists who work to stamp out every hint of God, because of abortions and because of gays who are working to force Americans to accept their way of life – through school books and public laws. Because of corruption and porn and all that goes on in the nation with the biggest economy in the world.
But we must cry out to God and say, “Lord! We still need America to continue spreading your Truth. God! Remember the many millions of your people who love you, and are living for you and are obeying your Word.”
Remember, Lord, that America has blessed Israel more than any other nation.
Your Word says – You looked for a man to stand in the gap on behalf of the land so that you would not destroy it, but found none, and so you poured out your wrath…
Lord, let us stand in the gap. We want to stand in the gap.
Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed; Save us, and we shall be saved, For You are our praise. (Paraphrase, Jeremiah 17:14)