Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Soul Stirrings

When Bill Clinton took office for the first time, I sat in my dorm room, on the phone with my dad and cried. I thought the world as I knew it was coming to an end. And then I felt a reprieve when Dub-ya took office.

Now, more than ever, I am compelled to pray for the leaders of our country.

Do you know the key people that make daily decisions that affect the course of this nation and of your freedom? Their decisions either acknowledge God's authority or disregard His laws. These key people are the Presidnet, the senators from your state, your U.S. congressmen, your governor, and our nine Supreme Court Justices. Are you aware that President Obama will be appointing a Supreme Court Justice?

And, yet, in the midst of all the turmoil I feel with the direction this country is being taken, I have hope. Not hope in man, but in a God who loves us more than anything. A God wise enough to allow us free will, even though He knows that his heart will break over and over again for the choices we sometimes make without regard to Him and His perfect will.

I have often heard people say, "All we can do is pray." And I want to say, "Wha--?!" As if having the ear of the God of the universe is a step above doing nothing.

I contend, It is everything. Our most powerful weapon and our greatest comfort.

Recently a man in our church read the following prayer for the leaders of our country. I managed to finagle a copy. (I believe it is from either a book or an article called, The Rebirth of America. I have searched the internet and there seems to be some ambiguity as to the author of this prayer. If you have info, please share. I'd like to give credit where credit is due.)

Heavenly Father, I thank you for our country, our Constitution, and our leaders. I pray for our President and for every elected and appointed official who serves with him.
I pray that You will build a spiritual wall of protection around the marriage and family of every national, state and local official.
I pray that You will give them the wisdom and the courage to uphold our Constitution which established a republic based on Your absolute laws, not a democracy based on the changing whims of man's reasoning.
I pray that You will rebuke Satan for the deception of his lie that we can be "as gods" in deciding for ourselves what is right and what is wrong.
O Lord, may our leaders cast down every law, policy, and personal example which weakens marriages, families, or Your moral standards.
I pray that our leaders will understand and follow the principles of Your Word. May they realize that all authority comes from You, not the voters and that one day they will stand before You to give an account of the power You gave to them.
I base this prayer on the promise of Your Word, that if I will humble myself, pray, seek Your face, and turn from my wicked ways, then You will hear from heaven, forgive my sin and heal my land.
In the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray,
Amen.


Next week, I'd like to share with you ten ways to pray for our leaders who occupy the highest offices in the land.

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