The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. (Proverbs 3:33 NIV)

Today, in the U.S., Christians are meeting in halls and hotel ballrooms for “The National Day of Prayer”. Since 1952, when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for prayer, the faithful have humbly asked the Lord for His blessing. From coast to coast, this annual event has drawn godly men and women to look to heaven for divine help.

This day, believers will bow in the spirit of Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray”). Yet, an objective evaluation of the past year’s events must concede: We are in a state of rapid decline. This does not just apply to the West, but to our world, as well.

No longer can our nations look to leaders or institutions with hope. (I am not suggesting the saints’ prayers are ineffective; I do think we error if we casually dismiss God’s curse.)

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin brings reproach, shame and disgrace (Proverbs 14:34).

The Lord cannot disavow his Word. If He places before us blessings for obedience and curses if we disobey, what should we expect if we choose sin? We should count on being disgraced for turning from God’s commands. Nothing short of sincere repentance from the head of government down can alter our destructive course (cf. Jonah 3:10). As individuals, families and communities, we must separate ourselves from the path of the wicked. Prayers asking for prosperity without first demonstrating the fruits of repentance, conflicts with God’s expressed will. Such petitions dishonor the Lord.

The final nail was driven in America and Europe’s coffin the day they turned against Jacob’s offspring. When we began siding with anti-Semites in our midst and Israel’s enemies abroad, we doomed ourselves.

God pronounced a blessing on Abram (Genesis 12:3). It was repeated to Jacob in Genesis 27:29 (“May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.”) The people known as Jews call on the God who declares, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

When Christians rise from their knees from now on, they would do well to reaffirm God’s identity, cast aside their country’s flag,  then prepare to carry their cross. We’re under a curse for which there is no remedy—except the one Israel’s King Solomon proposed in 2 Chronicles 7.

At this point in history, how foolish to think God can bless America. Am I spreading pessimism or attempting to awaken the Body of Christ? Each reader will decide. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord God Almighty, the God of Jacob, the King of Israel!