Recently Texas Governor Rick Perry called upon Christians to gather and pray for the citizens and leaders of our nation. The corporate prayer was to ask God to turn us around as a nation. Governor Perry has received much criticism for his public call to meet and pray. It is reported that Annie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit to prevent the Governor from organizing and leading the prayer event. Thankfully a federal judge had the good sense to dismiss the case.This situation is a perfect example of why our nation is in such a mess. Many of the difficulties we are experiencing today are a direct result of ignoring God and His sacred commands. We are raising and have raised a generation who know not God or His Word because we removed prayer and the Bible from our schools. We have leaders sitting in the highest offices of our land who have a poor understanding of what is right and what is wrong in accord with God’s Word. Decision making is based on man’s inept wisdom when our leaders should indeed be on their knees asking God for wisdom and direction. The problem is deeper than a handful of misguided leaders who don’t even know where to look for the answers to our problems. The deeper issue is that we as a nation, the people who make up this nation, have turned our backs on God. We have perverted God’s laws and ignored His warnings. When we read the Bible we find a very similar situation in the history of Israel. God had some strong words for His people through the prophet Hosea. “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood” (Hosea 4.1-2) God said He had a “controversy” with Israel because they willfully broke His commands. God named some of their sins, the same sins we are guilty of in our day, cursing one another, lying, killing or murder (abortion is murder), stealing, and adultery. Our land is riddled with these sins and there is no repentance or shame. It is for certain that God has a controversy with the United States of America today. We are guilty of sin before God and He will not let it pass without judgment. Listen to what God went on to say to Israel, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4.6). We are suffering today for lack of knowledge. The knowledge and wisdom we need today is found in the Bible, God’s Word. May we pray for our leaders that they will come under conviction for sin and be led to repentance unto salvation in Jesus Christ. May we pray that our nation will become broken hearted over her sin and repent. May we pray for God’s mercy and direction. Governor Perry is to be commended for he knows exactly what we need, we need to seek the face of God and ask for His help. Kudos to him and all who are like minded among the leadership of our nation.