"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." Romans 5:3-4
Oh, am I in the mood to pray today! I read this verse and I couldn't help but think that, indeed, our country has been suffering. Our country has really been experiencing pain and troubles from our economic situation. It says right here in Romans that we should rejoice in that suffering- isn't that exciting!? It is exciting! I can tell you, I feel it right down to my bones, when I really think about it, deep down, when I think about all the trials we have been facing as a nation, how exciting will it be to see how we come out of it? How exciting will it be to see this country return once more to the arms of the Father who brought this country into existence in the first place! It's going to be exciting and remarkable, and while it is terribly difficult to rejoice in trials- I am going to practice being joyful anyway.
This week, while we are praying for President Obama, we can also add the leaders of the world to our prayer list. This week there is a Climate Change Summit at UN Headquarters in New York. While this summit is going on, President Obama is taking advantage of all the world leaders being in town, and meeting with many of them about situations around the globe. I can tell you that world leaders have got their eye on America and President Obama. They want to see how we're going to rebound from our economic despair. They want to see how we're going to respond to threats against democracy from around the globe. Let us pray this week for wisdom for President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. May God give them the wisdom they need when meeting with all these world leaders.
Let us also pray for protection for these leaders as they meet to discuss climate change.
Once the climate change summit is over, President Obama will then direct his attention to the economy. An economic summit is scheduled in Philadelphia for the end of this week, where many world leaders will also be in attendance. I just pray with all my heart that God would show up at these economic meetings. May He make His presence known, and may He influence Godly decisions regarding the current global economy. May these leaders see that turning to God is the solution that would solve everything. May they see that God truly is in control.
As we're praying this morning for world leaders, I also feel that we should still be lifting up the nation of Honduras in our prayers. You may remember we began praying for this country a few months back, when the president-who-would-be-dictator was ousted peaceably. Things are coming to a head this week with this ousted president having returned to the country, but is hiding within the Brazilian embassy. Let us pray for peace for this tiny country who only wants democracy and freedom for her people. May God protect the citizens, and may this situation resolve itself peacefully.