Few would disagree. America is divided. Progressive versus liberal versus moderate versus conservative. Racism. Bigotry. Violence. Broken homes. Broken lives. Communities in crisis. America is in need of prayer.
There are no doubt thousands of believers who are praying for our nation. They are praying for revival. I thank God for those prayers. However, my heart has been touched in a different way. I don’t want to pray for a specific ideology or political agenda. I want to pray for the heart of the people in the news. While many dislike President Trump, he is a human being who has spiritual needs. While many others dislike Hillary Clinton, she is a human being who has spiritual needs.
Is there a way to pray for people in the news without taking sides? Can I pray for Republicans and Democrats? Can I pray for the spiritual needs of Hollywood celebrities, journalists, corporate executives, and professional athletes? Can I imagine their private vulnerabilities and how their hearts might long for rescue? Is there a way to pray for people on opposite sides of the ideological fence that sets an example for how the love of God can nurture a spirit of mutual understanding? Can I pray for everyday people in crisis whose stories are covered in the news?
I’ve thought about it for awhile but, today, October 14, 2017, I’m going to commit to it. This is the page where the prayers will be posted. I will share links to these prayers on social media. I’ll try my best to rise above the conflicts to pray with compassion and grace for all whom God created. If I cross the line and express an ideological bias, I offer my apologies in advance. I do have beliefs and opinions, though I’ll try hard to keep them off to the side.
Founder of Gramazin
Author of Take Every Thought to Prayer