Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013 “A Day To Remember”

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2: 1-2)

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

Most all of those born before the late 1950’s could recollect exactly where they were fifty years ago today when word came of the assassination of then President John F. Kennedy. It was certainly a day to remember. I was a junior high student in Mount Joy, PA, and recall hearing the news that the president had been shot and believing it to be some sort of sick rumor. The reality of that horrific event was confirmed by the school principal at an assembly of students held each Friday at the high school. I recall stunned silence, some audible sobs and weeping and a generally somber atmosphere that filled the school. It certainly is a day never to be forgotten by those old enough to remember.

As I considered the significance of that day a half-century ago, these words of scripture came to my mind: “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority.” That day, and for many days afterwards, no doubt many prayers were made for the family and the nation…prayers from around the world. It leads me to wonder how many prayers were made on behalf of the president and his family prior to that day. As a nation, we prayed for the comfort of God to surround the family and nation in those awful days. What if we, as a nation, had stood as diligently before the Throne of Grace on his behalf as we did following his assassination? Would he have been gunned down? No one knows for sure, but “the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.” As I contemplate this verse and this commemorative day, I must ask myself “When is the last time I prayed for my president or those in authority?” It is irrelevant whether or not we are on the same page politically. Paul draws no such distinctions in his admonishment. It is clear from the Word that we are to pray for those in authority with “supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks”. Today, and every day, let us pray especially for those chosen to lead. Pray for wisdom and protection…pray for their families and their well-being. Pray prayers of thanks for those willing to serve. Let’s pray!

God of All Time: We come before you today with prayers on our hearts for those who lead. We pray for our president and his family, and we ask that you would surround him with wise counselors, sound judgment, and that you would shield him and his family with your protective hand. Remind us to take time each day to give thanks that we live in a nation that cherishes freedom, including the freedom to come to you daily in prayer without fear of censorship or retribution. Holy God, heal our land and raise up strong, godly leaders here and around the world. In Jesus’ Blessed Name we do pray. Amen!

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