Over the last several years, opinions have bombarded me with many ideas. Every thought shared with me contains strong assumptions toward a premise, and I’ve watched friends argue with friends regarding conclusions. On the media, one outlet will trumpet one point of view while another heralds the opposite. Even strong Christians find themselves swimming in a river of mixed reviews, seeking to find truth.
Many believers have spent many hours praying for truth to be exposed. In my mind, if people become aware of what is true, then our country will navigate quickly into more transparent waters.
As I join my intercession with His people, I’ve come to see that merely praying for people to know truth isn’t enough. Freedom from deceit is more than a superficial understanding of a valid argument. For truth to truly “set us free,” our intercession must ask for three items, not just the one. We must ask for an outpouring of discernment of truth, belief in truth, and action on the truth that He reveals.
Discernment — Knowing truth always begins with the ability to separate that which is real from that which is not. Being able to differentiate right from wrong on a grey subject is of great value. But, as the writer of the Hebrews reminds, discernment takes both practice and time. “Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14). As we pray for discernment, both for ourselves and others, we must persist in this request. Discerning insight is a gift that is usually gradually given.
Belief — As we pray for hearts open to discernment, we move forward to ask that an understanding of truth combine with trust. When Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt, some people knew the truth, but it “did not profit them.” It wasn’t “united by faith in those who heard” (Hebrews 4:2). It is simple enough to say we believe, but it’s very superficial until we activate it with faith. We must pray that opened eyes believe.
Action — Finally, discernment and belief must have the courage to act. The Apostle James reminds us that, “Faith, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17). When God grants the ability to see and believe, He expects obedience. Whether it is voting, volunteering, or praying, action is necessary. As we intercede, we ask for courage to step out in response to whatever God asks us to do.
Thank You for nestling all Truth within Your Son, so that the difference between deceit and reality may be understood (Ephesians 4:21). Blanket our country, not only with Your discerning insight but also the ability to move that truth from heads into hearts. As You burn hearts with Your Truth, grant many the courage to enact what is good and right, regardless of push-back from the world. We ask that You grant strength to endure the days to come for those currently walking in Truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”