"Live in peace with each other. 14And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else." 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15
This week, as I read the Presidential Prayer Team website, I was trying to decide what things I should point out and mention here on the blog. The lists they have posted are actually pretty small this morning, so it took me very little time to read the entire page, and all the little prayers and tidbits they have scattered throughout. One of the things on the page is a mention about the Washington Monument.
I love the Washington Monument. I love Washington DC. When I was in high school, our show choir took a a trip to perform in Washington DC, and I just fell in love with the architecture and the history and the beauty of that city. In-between college years, I actually lived there for a time, and took every spare moment I had to just go and hang out at the mall- the large lawn where the Smithsonian is laid out, and where the Washington Monument stands at one end. There is just nothing like that monument, and I learned something new today. I had no idea that there was a metal cap on the tip of the monument. I also had no idea that the words "Praise be to God" are engraved in that metal cap at 555 feet. So then I went and looked up Isaiah 55:5
"Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations that do not know you will hasten to you,
because of the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor." Isaiah 55:5
I knew then what I was going to blog about this week, and what I am going to pray about this week. As I continue to remember President Obama in my prayer time each week, I also feel a sense of urgency to pray for our nation as a whole. This week an atheist group has launched a series of ads in Chicago that claim that man has made up God and religions, and I just really feel that we need to pray against that. Right now our nation needs hope more than anything. As I read online over and over again about the trials that people are going through, everyone is just looking for that lifeline- that hope to cling to in times of desperation. I need to pray for our nation, that we will return to our roots and hasten to God. It is God who has endowed this country with so much, with all the beauty and splendor and natural resources, and we need to give praise to God for what we have. We need to remember that this country was founded on Godly principles and adhere to them. And we just need to pray for a return to those Godly principles.
I feel such a need to pray for an awakening in the White House and in the city of Washington DC. May God send his angels to scatter throughout the House of Representatives and the Senate and the Supreme Court. May those angels bring an awareness of God back to the country as a whole. We need an awakening in this country! As we hear about tragedy and doom all across the globe, we need to turn to God in our time of need, and HE will deliver us! As North Korea is practically on our doorstep with long-range missiles, let us intercede on our nations behalf and pray for safety for every citizen and visitor. If there is one thing I know in my heart it is that God loves the United States of America, and more than anything, I'll bet that He wants to see all of his children return to Him. I have faith and hope that we will see that day in our country. I have faith that we will see abortion abolished and marriage upheld. I have faith in prayer, and that prayer will return as an important part of ceremonies and acts of congress. And it all begins here. It all begins with the prayer of one, which turns into the prayer of two, and then the prayer of many. Join me today in praying for this great country of ours, and together we CAN make a difference and see the change that we're all desperately hoping for.