The theme verse for this edition of Crosstalk was 2 Chronicles 7:14, a verse Jim believes has application for us today:
‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’
With that basis set, Jim introduced Jack Countryman. Jack is the founder of JCountryman gift books, a division of Thomas Nelson. He’s the author of several books including God’s Promises for Men, God’s Promises for Women, Red Letter Words of Jesus among many others. He appeared on Crosstalk to discuss his timely and updated release of the book If My People.
Jack noted that as he looks at the pandemic, rioting and economic crisis, etc., he’s burdened to think that God has the answer and that if we’ll put ourselves on hold and let God speak to us, He is the one that can make the difference.
Believing there’s power in prayer and that it can direct a nation, he’s encouraging readers to turn to that option. Calling it an essential option in our lives, he went on to explain that throughout the history of America, prayer has always brought the presence of God.
So when we humbly seek His face in prayer, God moves on our behalf, accomplishing His desires for us. This means that when we pray for our leaders, we impact the direction that the nation will take.
Jack went on to comment on the great awakenings from the book and how in the 1800’s, prayer was essential. Back then, people let God run their lives unlike today where people are concerned about themselves and not about what God wants to do.
Why are we so reluctant to call upon God? Was it the intention of the founders to not allow America’s political leaders to reference God? Do we have examples of prayer from past presidents? Does Jack believe there could be another great awakening? Get the answers to these and other great questions when you review this edition of Crosstalk.