How to Pray for America?

Paul DreillingEvents

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” —Psalms 11:3

I believe our nation is in trouble today, probably more than I’ve seen in my lifetime. We are contending with issues that are causing the very foundation of our country to crumble. Our moral and spiritual roots are eroding, the economy is misleading, family life is disintegrating, and political forces are at unprecedented odds. There seem to be very few leaders who will take a stand for God and for His Word.

It can be tempting to believe that America has reached a point of no return. While these factors cause despair, we are reminded in Scripture that with God, nothing is impossible. No problem is too great for Him. Seasons of distress and uncertainty and hardship call for faithful, fervent prayer by God’s people and remind us of our responsibility to humble ourselves before Almighty God. We cannot expect healing to come to our nation apart from obedience to God through His Holy Word.

God longs for His people to humble themselves and to seek forgiveness and pray for guidance. God’s Word says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). The Bible commands that we repent of our sins and turn to Almighty God. And because we are confident that we serve a God of mercy and compassion, we know that He stands ready to respond to our cries out of the abundance of His divine wisdom.

It is a crucial time for us to individually and collectively seek God’s divine intervention for the challenges facing us. We need to pray not only for our nation, but we need to pray for our leaders, for all those who govern us, that they will turn to God with humble hearts and follow Him. Our military leaders need our prayers as we have dedicated men and women serving on battlefields and sacrificing their blood to protect our nation and many innocent people around the world. God is faithful to bless those who turn to Him.

Pray that as a nation we would return to God. As we call on God, let us do so by genuine faith, believing that He hears our prayers. God can heal this great land, for which our forefathers fought and died. We need spiritual renewal, we need a revival in America, and we need each and every one to pray. Lord, Hear Our Cry!

—Franklin Graham


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Sermon:
Wisdom’s Worth (Proverbs 2:1-22)
Pastor Michael
Scripture:
Colossians 2:1-7
Evening Service
Discipling: Christian in a Culture
Pastor Michael

Baby Dedication
Sunday, May 13th is Baby Dedication Sunday. If you would like to have your baby/child dedicated, please sign up online at immanuelbaptist.org/event-registration.

Church-Wide Fellowship Dinner & Concert
Prime Rib Picnic
Sunday, May 20th
5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Prime rib, twice-baked potato casserole, multi-grain loaves, Caribbean vegetable medley, and red, white, and blue shortcake.
Tickets are $5 per person with a max of $20 per family
Concert by Niah & Allisha Merrill to follow meal
Purchase your tickets online today!

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on Monday, April 30 at 8:40 PM at Henderson Field #1 as they play St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

Since 1946, God has used Urbana to call nearly 300,000 participants to find their place in God’s global mission. It has grown to become the largest student missions conference in North America. Urbana ’18 will be held December 27-31, 2018 in the America Center, St. Louis, MO.
To find out more information and register go to: https://urbana.org/

Upcoming Events:

May 6 –Lord’s Supper AM / SOMA Life Groups PM
May 13 –Mother’s Day / Baby Dedication
May 20 –Church-Wide Fellowship