Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Faith Blog...pray for Obama

Bob from Spurious Missives blog said this at geeeeZ this week, and I had to reprint it as a post:
"I watched most of the memorial service in Joplin over the weekend.  The Methodist minister, who gave the best talk, reminded me that those brave folks in the middle of the plains, and smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley, share a common heritage with all of us.  They are the descendants and inheritors of a faith that is indestructible.  I believe it is that faith in God that marks us and separates us from the rest of the world.  It is that faith that gives those people the courage to keep going.  That faith is one of those things that is at the root of being American.  
Seeing President Obama sitting in the first row, I felt that his presence was more than just a photo op, which it was.  He, too, was swept up in the miracle of the people picking themselves up and starting over.  It was at that point that I knew he needed our prayers, not only for leadership skills and wisdom, but for his salvation.  In our criticism of Obama, we are only doing our duty as concerned citizens.  As Christians, we should also pray for the man and for his salvation.  The people of Joplin will survive, not because of the help of governments but because of the nature of their faith."

Thanks, Bob, and Amen...your take on Joplin is a wonderful reminder of a lot of things.  Pray for our president, folks.......I had a friend pray for him once and she started with "...and we lift up President Obama..."  and I chimed in at that moment with "...and we hope you keep him up there for a while.."  but, really, the laugh is over and we should pray for him.   Encouraged by one of his better mentors, T.D. Jakes, maybe things can start to CHANGE for this, God's land....real good change.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 KJV

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place" (2 Chronicles 7:14-15).

Pray this Sunday,'s not easy to pray for someone we distrust as much as most of us do Obama, but it does set your heart in a better place. And it can't OR him.   I promise.

Have a wonderful Sunday..



Anonymous said...

I would pray for obama, Z ... except that I don't think God likes to be reminded of his mistakes. Plus, I'm trying to stay on God's good side.

Bd said...

Amazing how so called 'Christians' can politicize prayer and reduce it to reinforce their flawed viewpoint.

Elmers Brother said...

Good that you reminded reminded us that God exhorts us to pray for our leaders whether we agree with them or not...thanks. Z.

Z said...

Elmer, I think it's important and Bob from Spurious Missives actually reminded us of that......
As Christians, that's what we're asked to do, but it IS TOUGH. There are also people who don't understand enough about this fine point of faith...a real sadness.

Mustang.....that'll work :-)

Silverfiddle said...

Good message, Z, and a courageous one.

Christ instructed us to love our enemies! That's even harder than praying for someone you don't agree with.

I include the president in my prayers every day. I pray for the safety of him and his family, and I pray that he make good decisions for our nation. I also pray for the utter failure of his progressive agenda.

I see no contradiction in that.

Pris said...

I can pray that God sends a moment of revelation to this President, and moves him to leave the dark place in which he resides, into the light, where love, truth, and freedom live.

Z said...

Thanks, SF and Pris....Amen to both of your sentiments.

Bob said...

Thanks for the mention, Z.

I am not sure as to whom Bd is referring, but as a so-called Christian, I am that because I call myself a Christian. The significance of that, besides my having assurance in my relationship with God, is that I can make a confident statement on my beliefs.

How many people who criticize Christians can make a statement about what they believe? I don't remember very many.

Once again, thanks for the mention. Have a great weekend, or whatever is left.

Spurious Missives , signing off.

Z said...

Bob, good point. i'm not sure what a 'so called Christian' is. I'm so called that because I call myself a Christian, too.

Thankfully, what others think is not a concern when we're right between ourselves and God.

I'm starting to think that it takes more of a leap of (un)faith to be an atheist.

Z said... think this probably isn't the post or the blog by which to slam CHristianity or call anybody names? I'll thank you to go somewhere else when you feel you must insult.
thanks a lot.