Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Warfare Wednesday

"Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. 16 He said, "For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation." Exodus 17:15

I thought this verse was very appropriate this week for our weekly reminder to pray for President Obama and our country. This week, President Obama gave a speech at a tribute for fallen soldiers, and in that speech, he praised the military of this nation. I do think the military always deserves the praise they get- the don't get nearly enough- but the context of the speech was a little shy of the mark. Here's an excerpt:

"It's not the remarkable platforms that give the United States our military superiority -- although you've got some pretty impressive aircraft here, I got to admit. It's not the sophisticated technologies that make us the most advanced in the world -- although you do represent the future of naval aviation. No, we have the finest Navy and the finest military in the history of the world because we have the finest personnel in the world."

Sigh. We need to continue to pray for an awakening in the White House. Just think about how much better this speech would have been if he ended with this:

"No, we have the finest Navy and the finest military in the history of the world because we have God Almighty before us, and with God before us, who can be against us."

Ooooh, that gives me shivers! We have the finest personnel BECAUSE we have a God who loves us and loves this country that was founded on Him. So this morning, I pray simply that God will become a mighty presence in the life of President Obama. I pray that our President will hear the voice of God and will heed it. I also pray that God will bless him for his willingness to serve our country, and will give him the wisdom and the energy he needs to manage two wars and a crumbling economy. God has the answers to all our problems- may God get the glory and the honor when these problems are solved, and not man.

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