Is It Worth It?
“When God led the early Pilgrims to this land - He was obviously involved in the process - they came with hearts willing to pay whatever price the dream would cost them. A part of their stated cause was, ‘For the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith…’ The stories and pictures of these Pilgrims usually depict happy, well-fed individuals seated around Thanksgiving tables filled with turkey, corn, pumpkin pies, and other bountiful foods. This eventually occurred, but not initially.
“The Pilgrims arrived on a cramped and dirty ship. After spending many days huddled below deck to endure a raging storm, they found themselves in sloshing water filled with human waste and vomit. Holding their frightened and sick children, they prayed for God’s intervention and safe arrival, which eventually occurred. But ill-prepared for the trials of this new land, including a brutal winter, more than half would perish before the end of their first summer.
“These Pilgrims weren’t failures, however. Planting a cross on the beach where they landed - Cape Henry - and dedicating this land to the gospel and the glory of God, they created a holy legacy. Heaven still honors the trail they blazed and the prayers they prayed. Buried in the soil of freedom, they became a vital part of the heritage we now enjoy. Pioneers all, their legacies live.
“The price they paid to create an outpost for the gospel created a debt for those who followed, including us today. The debt we owe is not only to preserve freedom, but is also to preserve this land as a light of truth - a beacon, a city on a hill - to all other nations. History will record whether we answer the call and pay this debt or fail to do so. If we pay our debt today, the difficult trail we blaze back to the old road will become the glorious path our children walk tomorrow.
“America was formed with the blood, sweat and tears of many price-paying pioneers. When John Adams was elected as a Boston delegate in 1770, he knew it was considered treason to the King of England; Adams believed the decision would cost him everything. He informed his wife Abigail, ‘I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin…I give you this warning, that you may prepare your mind for your fate.’
“According to Adams, Abigail burst into tears and cried out, ‘Well, I am willing in this cause to run all risks with you, and be ruined with you, if you are ruined.’
“What amazing passion these two patriots possessed for the cause!
“Contrast this sacrificial and servant-motivated attitude to the selfish lust for prestige, power, and financial gain motivating many civic leaders in America today. The difference is disgusting. At the signing of the Declaration of Independence a few years later, Adams, along with his fellow-signers, again accepted the potential and probable cost of freedom: ‘For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.’
“Adams would later state to Abigail, ‘I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states. Yet through all gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.’” (Taken from my book The Way Back)
“Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds but sound leadership has a moral foundation. But God is the judge, and justice comes from Him. The wicked hate those who live a godly life, but the righteous hate injustice wherever it’s found.” (Proverbs 16:12; 29:26b-27)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Spend some time thinking about the price others have paid for our blessings.
Recommit, at a deep level, to the cause.
Pray for those going to Washington today. Pray for their strength, safety, and protection.
Pray for those in places of government leadership. Pray that integrity, loyalty, covenant faithfulness, and patriotism will prevail.
As always, pray for our President and his team. Pray for his family as well.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, we ask You for incredible breakthrough this week. We ask You, Holy Spirit, to oversee what happens in our nation’s capital. We build on the prayers and sacrifices of those who came before us. We honor their sacrifices and the commitment they demonstrated.
We ask You, as we agree with them, to give us the same hearts they displayed. As they agree with us from the balconies of heaven, may the synergy of the ages be manifested this day. Give us multiplied power through agreement with them and their labors. We ask You for incredible power to be released.
And Lord, we speak blessings over the gatherings in Washington. We decree that the power of Holy Spirit will hover over our nation’s capital this week, that angels will be there by the millions, including Michael and his warring angels. We thank you for their help. We believe every word You have spoken, Father, and we expect nothing but victory. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
America will experience incredible breakthrough this week as we partner with one another, the cloud of witnesses, and the host of heaven!