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Oswald Chambers

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”
Oswald Chambers
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“A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!”

~ Billy Sunday

Corrie ten Boom

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
Corrie ten Boom

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

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“Prayer is the conversation of friends. It is not a mere convenience for letting God know what we are thinking or what we want. Prayer is that for which we were made. It is at the heart of God’s plan of salvation.”

~ Tim Chester, The Message of Prayer, 27.

“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.”

~ William Cowper

I posted the below comments on my Facebook page earlier today. President Obama is visiting the city of Omaha today. I live there. 

President Barack Obama will visit Omaha this afternoon. His visit, along with his final State of the Union address last night, has stirred up much dialogue in the social media. Many of the comments are negative while others are positive. We do have the freedom in this nation to express our opinions and hopefully, we will respect the opposing opinions of others.

On Facebook, there are many comments directed towards President Obama. Some very negative comments towards him have been posted by Christians. What should be the attitudes of Christians towards the President of the United States? I am glad you asked that question! As I worked on this evening’s Bible study at HOBC (7:00 pm), I came up with a list of attitudes/behaviors of Christians towards our President.

By the way, I am very conservative in my political views. I have voted that way for decades (Am that I old?). I am also an evangelical, Baptist pastor. The list below applies to me and to all who claim Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.

1. We are to honor and respect the President. “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17). Back in Peter’s day, there were Roman emperors. We have a President and we are to honor him, even if we disagree with his policies and statements. We also need to keep in mind that all authorities (good or bad) are established by God: “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1. See also Daniel 2:21).

2. We are to pray for the President. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Even though we may disagree with President Obama, we are to pray for him and his family. People have told me that I have the hardest job in the world. I disagree. Being a college football coach and crab fisherman is harder, and being the President is even harder (have you noticed how the hair of Presidents gray the longer they serve?).

3. We are to be very careful with our words towards the President. Again, this applies to those who follow Jesus: “Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king…” (Ecclesiastes 10:20); “My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise” (Proverbs 24:21). Again, we may disagree with the President and can’t wait for the next election, but as Christians, our words about him should reflect the fact that we respect the office and that we pray for him.

Facebook has opened the door for us to slam the President. Christians can resist the temptation to bash the President through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to honor and pray for him.

This post may generate a “lively” discussion. If we are Christian or not, conservative or liberal, let us respect each other.

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”

~ Oswald Chanbers

“He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life!”

~ William Law

William Law

“You must learn to call on the Lord. Don’t sit all alone or lie on the couch, shaking your head and letting your thoughts torture you. Don’t worry about how to get out of your situation or brood about your terrible life, how miserable you feel, and what a bad person you are. Instead, say, “Get a grip on yourself, you lazy bum! Fall on your knees, and raise your hands and eyes toward heaven. Read a psalm. Say the Lord’s Prayer, and tearfully tell God what you need.” 

~ Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

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