Remember the stage where every question was why? And so often when you gave an answer or received it, the next thing was why again. Did you ever think that it's important to know the why.
I see this all the time that people will tell you how or what or when, but more often than not they will leave out the why. I happen to think that why we do something is more important then the how or the what we do. I'm not saying that how, what or when are not important because they are, they're just not as critical as knowing the why.
So why are we praying and interceding for our cities in Iowa? Here are a few of my why's.
Jesus deserves a foothold to rule from in our nation. He deserves and has a right to rule over Iowa.
Jesus' name should be honored on the lips of every man, woman and child in our state. His name should be preeminent.
Jesus really cares about the lost of our state and wants them to come to Him to be discipled. Creating a place for Him to rule from will make the enemy back away from the lost in our state, so they can turn away from the enemy and be saved from death and destruction.
Our God hates sin. The church needs to work in prayer and intercession to reverse the culture that allows gross sin and hates righteousness, calling evil good and good evil. This means no more abuse of drugs and alcohol, no more trafficking of humans, no more violence of any kind, no more stealing, no more lying or cheating, no more killing, no more broken families or divorce, to name just a few of the evils God hates. It means a culture that honors God and each human life. One that is based on God's love and kindness.
Those are a few of the reasons why I refuse to stop praying. And when we, the church of Iowa, win our regions and our state, then we will focus on exporting the culture of heaven to the nations in a far more intentional way than we ever have before; through prayer and fasting we will break the control of the enemy so the nations can be discipled.
So there is part of my why. And while I have other reasons to pray and intercede for our state, these are key why's that govern my heart. Jesus wants Kingdom culture in Iowa, and He doesn't have it yet, so my job is not done.
I encourage you to make your own why list to help you stay focused and to keep the fires of intercession burning.