Thoughts about Inauguration 2013

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I am praying for the President of the United States…

Not because…

  • I think he will do a bad job
  • I do not agree with his viewpoints
  • He is outside of God’s will
  • I think 2016 will be better without him
  • He has made poor choices

But, because:

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.–1 Timothy 2:1-4 NLT

I ask everyone to make this about our country and our people, and not about your issues and yourself!

Soli Deo Gloria!

It’s a Prayer-ful Life!

Ephesians 6:18-20

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be

given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

  1. We should pray at all times, good or bad, thick or thin.
  2. We should pray for others and ourselves. We should ask for prayer.
  3. We should pray as God’s ambassadors to this world.

We should pray at all times, good or bad, thick or thin.

  • Whether things are going well or not so well, we should be bringing our prayers to God.
  • As humans, we have a tendency to only come to God when we need something. Or, we only thank God when we were getting what we want. No matter what we are going through, we should be talking to our Father.

We should pray for others and ourselves. We should ask for prayer.

  • Paul asks with a great sense of self and of longing for his audience to pray for him.
  • When did it become a sign of weakness to ask for prayer?
  • We should be committed to pray for each other.
  • Reading is the way you get through the Bible; prayer is the way you get the Bible through you.—Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker

We should pray as God’s ambassadors to this world.

  • Prayer gives us the strength, the vision, the message to share with others.
  • Prayer is our power source. When setting goals, we should start and end with prayer.
  • Paul is in prison yet still presents the World boldly. He has good prayer support.

An International Call to Prayer

General Linda Bond has called The Salvation Army to pray for peace and for victims of sex trade trafficking. A Sunday in September has been set aside for each prayer focus – the fifth year that this has happened.

 On September 18, the international forces of The Salvation Army and friends are being called to “Prayer for Peace.”  The verse chosen for this emphasis is Matthew 5:9 (NIV)-“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”  

The General has issued this call for prayer.  Peace has remained an elusive part of the world’s understanding and community.

As “children of God,” we can come together and decide that peace is the answer, that unity is what we want.

On September 25, the General’s call to prayer is focused on victims of sex trade trafficking.  The verse chosen for this focus is John 10:10 (NIV)-“I have come that they may have life.”  In 2009, Teen Identity, a girls’ empowerment grouped based in Atlanta, GA, released a PSA video that chillingly connects the victims of sex trafficking with their stats.  During this video, they estimate 500 girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation every month.  And, if matters could not be worse, this number is only for the Atlanta area!

“Numbers” – Child Exploitation & Sex Trafficking PSA from Ron Dawson on Vimeo.

Storm and I urge you, your friends, and your family to join with us on September 18th and 25th to pray for change, to pray to make a difference!