Sunday, February 16, 2014

When Was The Last Time You Prayed For The President?

It's my weekend to blog and I wasn't sure what I wanted to write about.  With the verdict announcement yesterday and the feeling that more could have been done for Jordan Davis to receive justice, I wondered if I would repost Roslyn's post," I am Raising Americas Most Hated."  I chose differently and instead decided to ask a question.................

When was the last time you prayed for the President?

Tomorrow is President's Day (post written on Sunday).  A day when we commemorate past presidents of the USA. I couldn't help but think about our very own, President Barack Obama and other government leaders and the constant criticism they receive.  All of their words and actions are under constant scrutiny.  You might have even joined in on some of the discussions but, when was the last time you prayed for the President?

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (MSG)

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

I don't care whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, we have an obligation to pray.  Not only for our President but for our Governors, Congress, Senate and all others in public service.  Constantly judging their actions is not the best use of your time.  Until you've walked a day in their shoes, it's hard to understand the pressures of their careers.  I understand we have to hold them accountable, but God is clear about our judgments of them.

Romans 14:13

Let us therefore stop turning critical eyes on one another. If we must be critical, let us be critical of our own conduct and see that we do nothing to make a brother stumble or fall.

In honor of President's Day, I challenge you to take some time and pray for our leaders.  God has placed each leader in their position for a season of time.  There is purpose in their appointment.  To rebel against their leadership is contrary to God's word.

Romans 13:1-6(TLB)

Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.

 Today I will close with a prayer for our leaders:

God thank you for this day.  A day when we celebrate the highest leaders of our country.  Thank you for placing them in leadership.  Your word is clear that you have put them in power.  We thank you for your infinite wisdom.  May they lean not unto their own understanding, but in all their ways acknowledge you and your ability to guide them.  We pray peace and unity for a nation that professes, in God we trust. (Posted by Renee)

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