Area: 9,529,063 sq km
The world’s third largest nation in area and population.
Population: 317,641,087 Annual Growth: 0.97%
Capital: Washington DC
Official language: English. The growing Spanish-speaking Hispanic population is 11.2% of the population and numbers 34 million Languages: 176 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Christian interaction with society must be re-examined; believers are not making the impact they should. God is birthing many collaborative citywide movements that seek to make a Kingdom impact through unity, prayer and ministry. Issues to cover in prayer are these:
a) Christians must engage even more deeply with public life. The American Church has a rich history of biblical activism; withdrawal today from wider society to form a Christian subculture is not the solution. The school system, the prison system, the health care system, the welfare system, the entire political system all of these need committed believers striving for the best for the nation and its neediest people. A spectrum of evangelical groups work for social change, including the National Association of Evangelicals, Mission America Coalition, Sojourners, WVI, Prison Fellowship, Christian Community Development Association, Evangelicals for Social Action and many others. Pray for balance, wisdom and long-term involvement of Christians as salt and light in society.
b) Evangelical Christianitys image is associated wrongly with white, middle-class, right-wing sensibilities, and evangelicals are caught up in strident, resource-sapping culture wars over justifiably important issues. Yet, the evangelical community does not adequately demonstrate Gods compassion for the poor, the homeless, for widows and orphans, for immigrants and for societys most vulnerable. Praise God that emerging ministries are redressing the balance addressing very real human needs as Scripture clearly commands while affirming biblical views on sexuality and the sanctity of life.
This generation of young people is both the most privileged and the most damaged. Humanistic and New Age philosophies, spiritual confusion, moral relativism, broken families, sexual permissiveness, drug and alcohol abuse, mindless violence, widespread acceptance of the occult and callous self-absorption combine to reap a bitter harvest. Most young people, even Christian ones, do not understand the meaning of following Christ. Two-thirds believe that all religions ultimately pray to the same God. Organizations such as OM, YWAM, CCCI, Teen Challenge and others instill the truth into teens and make a great impact on the world. God is also raising a new generation of movements for this century pray for YouthQuake Live, Teen Mania, The Call, International House of Prayer and others. Without a decisive work of Gods Spirit, this generation could be Americas most broken.
For an additional 14 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of United States of America.