Today, of course, is the National Day of Prayer. And for Christians, it is a time to gather together and collectively intercede before the Lord on behalf of our families, our nation, and the world. Because in every true Christian’s heart burns the desire to see our nation healed and restored by the all-powerful hand of God.
Now one of the most unique aspects of the Christian faith is that God both hears and answers our prayers, not based on any selfish need on His part but rather simply because He loves us and longs to meet our needs and to take us under His wing and make us His own. And though God’s judgment on sin is real, He will always deal graciously with those who cry out to Him.
In the thirty-second chapter of the book of Exodus, Israel sinned by making for themselves a golden calf to worship. They had broken the Law of God given to them and engaged in heinous acts under the very mountain where the presence of God had come down to meet them in a special way and enter further into relationship with them. And so God is grieved and His righteous anger is kindled at their having so quickly turned from Him and His way. Therefore He tells Moses to step aside so that He might consume them. But Moses instead casts Himself upon the mercy of God and intercedes on Israel’s behalf. He implores God to turn from his burning anger and to relent from this disaster. And what is incredible is that God does! He listens to Moses and shows mercy instead of judgment. And so Moses became the mediator who stood in the gap on behalf of the people of Israel and helped mend the relationship between them and God.
Now many of us know this story well. But what should challenge us the most, especially on this National Day of Prayer, is that God is still just as willing to respond to our prayers as He was then to the prayer of Moses. In the courtroom of God, He will still hear our testimony and will often allow His sentence to be changed if and when we cry out to Him. The question then becomes, are we as Christians being faithful to stand in the gap on behalf of our our family, our friends, our country, and the world? Are we being faithful to stand in the gap for those around us who are destined for the fire of the judgment of God? Or are we silent?
We do not need to ask if it is God’s will to show mercy in any given situation or to any given people. The answer is always yes. If God was willing to have compassion on and turn away His destruction from Nineveh in and through the ministry of Jonah, we can know that He wills to do the same for us as a country and for every individual as well. Let us therefore be faithful to stand in the gap and offer up our intercession!
Pastor Cameron Ury
Senior Pastor and Teacher at Renton Park Chapel
16760 128th Ave. SE
Renton WA 98058
Rev. Cameron Ury graduated from Asbury University in 2007 with a B.A. in Bible and Theology. From there he continued his studies at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS. It was there that he met his wife Tanya, who graduated from WBS with her M.A. and M.Div. degrees. Cameron and Tanya got married in 2009. Cameron then graduated with his M.Div. degree with a pastoral concentration in 2011.
After shepherding churches in both Mississippi and Ohio, they joined the ministry team at Renton Park Chapel in January of 2018, where Cameron serves as Senior Pastor and Teacher.
Cameron is also the founder and host of Lechem Panim, a weekly radio show that airs on KGNW 820AM "The Word Seattle". The ministry of Lechem Panim is centered around leading people into the life-giving presence of God in and through Bible study, prayer, and active discipleship with the aim of ministering to a world that is in desperate need of the healing touch of Jesus Christ.