"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like." James 1:22-24
Yesterday the kids and I took a break out of our school day to watch President Obama address the schoolchildren of the nation. It was a great, inspiring speech geared towards children, and I thought he did a wonderful job with it. As he spoke, I just kept talking to God about him, because I kept thinking to myself and wondering to myself how much this man could accomplish if he gave his life completely to God and God's Will. The president is a very eloquent man and delivers a speech beautifully and passionately- just think about how that same eloquence and passion could deliver a surrender to God! Wow- it would be incredible! I think the criticism this past week about the speech itself was an indication that we need to continue the fervent prayers for our country. The divisiveness continues in a horrible way, and only when we stop complaining and criticising every move can healing take place.
Yesterday, congress returned to the capital after a month-plus recess. We surely need to be praying for our elected leaders at this time. Most certainly, they are going to be tackling the issue of health care, and given the current state of the country, this could get very ugly in a very short amount of time. These leaders are going to need to be covered in our prayers- our prayers of protection and our prayers of blessing. They need to see the country through God's Eyes, and see exactly what needs to be done with health care to make it work for every man, woman and child. There is a solution out there- and God knows exactly what that solution is. By turning to God, and focusing on what God would have for this country, congress can reach a conclusion that will be amenable to all. I know it is possible- all things are possible through Christ. Our prayers of intercession- for God to intercede do make a difference, and we so need to continue our prayers in the time ahead.
God loves this country, He loves each and every one of us, and He wants to see us succeed. But He wants us to want His love. He wants us to want His will. And He wants to hear from us. He wants to hear our prayers for our country- and our agreement with each other. Our divided country can be united and wounds can be healed, but it's going to take our prayers to do that. Please pray with me today for our President and our congressional representatives.