Free at Last
Join other Jesus-followers in united prayer for this AWAKENING INDICATOR: A restoration of morality, ethical foundations and accountability among leaders of church and government, business and politics.
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).
As surely as truth sets us free, the lack of truth produces bondage. Our nation has slowly drifted away from our biblical moorings we had as a young nation. We have strayed significantly from the days when our first President, George Washington, concluded one of his many public prayers in 1752 with these words, “Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou has this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word. Direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the life. (Washington’s Papers, W. Herbert Burk, 1907, p. 87–95).
Each July fourth, we celebrate freedom, yet it seems important for us to consider the question: “Free to what?” Even as we celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:
- Are we free to do what we want without considering others?
- Are we free to speak out—even if our words attack and demean others?
- Are we free to pursue our happiness at the expense of others?
The apostle Paul shares both an admonition and a warning: “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh. . .” (Gal. 5:13).
Sadly, freedom can give opportunity for the flesh—personally, as a nation, and as a culture. What results is the tragedy of freedom lost. In twenty-first century America, vain imaginations have replaced moral absolutes. Permissiveness and tolerance have been lifted up as moral ideals. The definition of tolerance (correctly defined as respect for other people without necessarily sharing their ideals, beliefs, and practices) has been twisted to mean that all individual beliefs, values, lifestyles, and “truths” are equal in value. The loss of true freedom is a global, cultural issue.
Our culture is “burned out” on the emptiness of cerebral arguments, linear thinking, and even correct theological systems. They long to see the relevance of God, His Word, and His people in their life and relationships, but the good news is we can have hope of a renewed freedom to love. The church must not only believe right and behave right, but also live and love right in relationship with God and others.
The principle seems clear: much truth leads to much freedom; little truth, little freedom. We may have a crisis in our message concerning truth. The twenty-first century church must restore a priority on experiencing biblical truth. Biblical truth was intended to be lived experientially in relationships.
As we join together for these 21 days of prayer, let’s agree to claim the promise of John 14:14, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” We’re asking in His name for one specific thing: “Lord, free me from myself and this world that I might better receive and express Your love.” —David Ferguson, Great Commandment NetworkAwakening America Alliance, Co-Chair
- Pause to reflect and ask yourself, “Have I become engrained in a culture addicted to our own self‐indulgences, blinded to the discrepancies in our own espoused “values,” and numb to the guilt pangs of our own transgressions?
- As we embrace the imperative of personal prayer for spiritual renewal that was so much a part of our nation’s history, pray King David’s prayer, “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10). “Lord by Your spirit would you remove from my life anything and everything that hinders the expression of Your love; cleanse me; forgive me; empower me to live and love as Jesus.”
- Ask the Holy Spirit to restore a desire within the body of Christ to protect and proclaim the Word of truth by becoming living epistles, who demonstrate it through Great Commandment love as we move toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
- Pray and ask God to transform our nation’s response to truth from one of subtle decay (which comes from misapplying God’s truth only to the rational mind) to allowing its transforming power to shape us into a nation that honors Him in all we do.
Published by: Awakening America Alliance, www.awakeningamerica.us