If you are a typical South Dakotan, your perspective may be influenced by exhaustion, disappointment, and uncertainty. If you can get past these feelings, a broader range of emotions, including godly sorrow and righteous indignation, may burden your heart for intercession.
But what is in God’s heart, and how can we pray for South Dakota from His vantage point?
The FHA believes that praying according to our Almighty God’s vantage point means a “bottom-up” approach to prayer in addition to a “top-down” approach. While we seek to continue to encourage believers to intercede for our state and national leaders, we also understand that revival is this nation’s only hope – and revival must start in the hidden hearts of individuals and corners of ordinary communities.
This past week I received the following e-mail from a South Dakotan named Lynda. She blessed the FHA as she wrote:
“Dale – I’m sending this to encourage you and Family Heritage Alliance with the story from Nehemiah 1:1-10, where Nehemiah’s first response when he heard about Jerusalem was to stop everything and pray – a good first step in any situation! He accomplished great things for his people because he asked great things of our great God and relied on Him.
My prayer is that God will open eyes to the needs of our country, and help FHA become passionate and creative problem-solvers who continue to bless others … that He will help FHA choose not to give in to despair or apathy, but to look to Him for help in doing the task at hand … that He will help FHA walk with Him and not run from the needs of our country!
May God bless you and keep you, and prosper His work through you and FHA, In His love, Lynda”
Lynda is RIGHT! We not only believe that transformation can happen, but that it is God’s urgent desire for the state of South Dakota and beyond. FHA’s vision is to see community after community experience God’s transforming presence, ultimately transforming the nation from the bottom up. Please join with me in consistently and fervently praying for our State and Nation as together we influence public policy for Christ.