What do You Pray for Now?

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The signs are clear. The nation needs all the prayers it could get. Our dearly beloved nation is headed towards an irreversible path of economic decline and moral decadence. There's no mistake about it.

I'm not a social analyst nor a political expert. I'm no expert. I'm just an ordinary FILIPINO and while I'm writing this, I can't stop myself from feeling the fear and the pain. ORDINARY FILIPINOES LIKE ME CAN FEEL IT NOW.

It's not being too poetic! In fact, I'm trying to write as impartialy as I could. I do not favor any political party, but I know what my heart says.

With oil prices shooting up to a record high and political passions almost as high, the news that the government is starting to rein in the budget deficit is welcome indeed. I can't help but be skeptical though.

We've seen many men and women of integrity in and out of government, NGOs, church groups and people's organizations devote themselves to the task of nation-building, often times against insurmountable odds.

But not even two people revolutions, bloodless as they may be, have made a dent in reversing this trend. At best, we have moved one step forward, but three steps backward.

Is there hope? Is there a force greater than all these demons that hound us?


We, however, need a force far greater than our collective efforts, as a people, can ever hope to muster. It is time to move the battle to the spiritual part. It's time to claim GOD's promise of healing of the land for His people. It's time for us to pray for it is our hope now. It's time to gather GOD's people on its knees to pray for the economic recovery and moral reformation of our nation.