如何為國家禱告? (關國瑞牧師)

07 Mar

如何為國家禱告? (關國瑞牧師)

今天讓我們放大眼光來為國家禱告,從聖經的教導中來學習什麼是蒙福的道路。我們都知道沒有福音,人就無法得到新的生命。美國的林肯總統在南北戰爭的時候,曾經發表了一篇全國演說,他說「每個國家與百姓都必須倚賴神的全能和管理,我們必須謙卑地向神承認自己的罪惡過犯,憂傷地悔過,同時心存盼望,知道真正的悔改必能得著憐恤與赦免,因為這是聖經所宣示的偉大真理。」他並宣布4月30日為全國禁食禱告日,要求人民在神面前認罪、禱告。但是我們要如何為國家禱告呢?
一、真正的幸福從神而來 –以耶和華為神的、那國是有福的!
二、真正的回歸真神 –因為只有罪帶來墮落和沉淪
三、聖經教導我們要為君王和一切執政掌權者禱告



謙卑地向神承認自己的罪惡過犯與認罪悔改是蒙福的唯一途徑。讓我們來到主面前,求主赦免我們貪婪的罪,讓我們能夠成為聖潔為主所用,領受從主而來的幸福。


歷代志下 7:13-18 (和合本)

  1. 我若使天閉塞不下雨,或使蝗蟲吃這地的出產,或降瘟疫在我子民中,
  2. 這稱為我名下的子民,若是謙卑自己,禱告,尋求我的面,轉離他們的惡行,我必從天上垂聽,赦免他們的罪,醫治他們的地。
  3. 我必睜眼看,側耳聽在此處所獻的禱告。
  4. 現在我已選擇這殿,分別為聖,使我的名永在其中;我的眼、我的心也必時常在那裏。
  5. 你若行在我面前,效法你父大衛所行的,遵行我一切所吩咐你的,謹守我的律例典章,
  6. 我就必堅固你國度的王位,正如我與你父大衛所立的約,說:『你的子孫必不斷有人治理以色列。』
2 Chronicles 7:13-18 (NIV)

  1. “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
  2. if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  3. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
  4. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
  5. “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws,
  6. I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’