This kind: by prayer and fasting.

Prayer and Fasting

At yesterday's Trump rally in Phoenix Arizona, Franklin Graham delivered a prayer to a hurting nation suffering division and spiritual attack as never seen before. In his prayer, Graham invited all Americans to join him in continuous prayer to seek the Lord for help and healing for the nation.

An excerpt from the prayer:

"Our heavenly Father, You have blessed our country more than any nation on Earth and we acknowledge that apart from you we have no hope. We come tonight as a troubled nation. We are broken spiritually. We are divided politically. We are divided racially," Graham asserted. "And we are adrift morally, following the whatever direction the wind of popular culture blows with no regard for Your Word or the consequences of our disobedience. We ask tonight for your help."

The full prayer can be watched in this video

Given the amount of "never-seen-before" troubles that the nation is experiencing, I would like to encourage believing Christians to include fasting as part of their prayer for the nation.

We are coming to a point where many are battle weary and others are suffering conversation fatigue as the truth is continuously called a lie and lies the truth. Many including President Trump, have described America's woes as a battle between good and evil.

In Mathew 17:19, when Jesus's disciples could not drive out the demon from the possessed boy, they asked Jesus, "Why couldn’t we drive it out?” As part of Jesus's response he said,

"Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." ( Mathew 17:21 KJV)

We also read in Joel 2, as the prophet called the people to rend their hearts back to God , to return to the Lord with fasting, weeping and mourning (Joel 2:12).

In the book of Esther, we read about the fast that saved a people when Esther called a fast for all the Jews who were at that time at the brink of annihilation. God heard their prayer, the King's hand was turned and a nation was saved.

God is never changing. If he did it for them then, He can do it for us now. If we seek Him with repentant hearts and proclaim a fast as the Lord Jesus taught us. "Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing.." Joel 2:14


Dear Lord, as we continue to pray for a nation under distress we trust you Lord. We believe in you for healing. We humble ourselves before you in prayer and fasting for the deliverance of your people. We weep before you Oh Lord to say, "Spare your people, Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, "Where is their God?" Save America oh Lord, In Jesus name we pray. Amen.