Seeking God in September

Tue, Sep 1 -  Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Join fellow Christians across America in praying for our nation every day in September. Given the weak spiritual condition of our country, Christians need to band together in united and desperate prayer. We must humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and turn to God.

It’s time for Christians across the land to focus prayers on three key needs:

1. Christian Repentance - Pray that we as Christians would recognize the ways we have been unfaithful to God, that we would grieve over our sins, and that we would turn back to God with all our heart.

National Healing - Pray that God would unite all Christians in humility and  mend our broken country.

3. Fearless Faith - Pray that we as Christians would stand for Christ and His truth against the threats and false ways of the world.  

1 John 3:22 says, “And whatever we ask we receive from [God], because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” Could it be that we as a nation have not received the blessings of God in recent months and years because we have failed miserably to keep His commandments and do what pleases Him?

Please sign up below to participate. As a participant, you will receive a special devotional by email each morning in September, offering encouragement and prayer guidance as you seek the Lord.

May God hear our desperate cries, draw near to us, and answer our prayers.

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Day 18 Devotional – Earnestly I Seek You

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you. — Psalm 63:1

What does it mean to “earnestly” seek the Lord? According to Oxford Languages, the adverb earnestly means “with sincere and intense conviction; seriously.”

As a young adult, I lacked conviction in my relationship with the Lord. In college, I was part of a campus ministry, but I was also living with one foot in the world. I would attend a Bible study on Wednesday nights, but go to the parties and the campus pub on Thursday nights. My life lacked peace, and, deep inside, I knew there was something better.

After college, I came across a Bible verse that changed my life forever. As I read Malachi 3:8-10, I realized that I was robbing God by not giving Him my whole heart, not living for Him: 

Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.  Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Although this verse is often used during church offerings, the Lord spoke to me through these precious words. I was, indeed, robbing God by not seeking Him with sincere and intense conviction and something needed to change. Soon after that revelation, I was all in for the Lord. I found a good church, studied the Word daily, and connected with a group of fired-up believers. I never looked back, and thirty years later, I can honestly say that God “opened up the window of heaven and poured out a blessing” that was overflowing. By God’s grace, I have lived an incredibly abundant life.  

In Matthew 22:36-37, a Pharisee tested Jesus by asking Him, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.

In John 4, when Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman at a well, the conversation centered on who was worshipping God in the right manner. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father…But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

Today, let us consider what it means to earnestly seek God. Let us love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and mind. And let us worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

Dear Lord, we pray that we would lay aside every weight and the sin that besets us, and seek You earnestly. Help us to turn away from idols and the things of this world and seek You in a pure manner. As we seek You with sincere hearts, bless us that we might be a blessing in a world that desperately needs You. 

Tom Campisi
Managing Editor, Christian Union: The Magazine

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Join with other believers who have committed themselves to prayer and repentance for the 30 days of September 2020.

Don't be afraid to take on this 30-day commitment to draw closer to God, together with thousands of Christians across the nation, through prayer and repentance during this desperate time in our nation's history.

Fasting Resources

Throughout Scripture, we see examples of fasting accompanying and giving urgency to the desperate prayers of faithful men and women. Some participants of "Seeking God in September" may choose to not just pray, but also fast during the month as part of their commitment. American Christians are often unfamiliar with the practice even though fasting was common for Christians through the centuries and is regularly done in the international Church. For more information check out this FAQ for Fasting and this curated list of resources.

God's Next Move in America

America’s Christian heritage is among the greatest of all the nations in the world. God’s Kingdom has thrived here through the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s, largely due to nationwide moves of God’s Spirit. We need another history-making move of God. By His sovereign grace, God ensures that we play a part in Heaven’s work. He draws near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8). We must ask, seek, and knock for an outpouring of His Spirit (Luke 11:5-13).

“Whenever God is about to do something truly great,
He first sets His people praying!” Matthew Henry, 1662-1714