May 4, 2011
Thursday, 5 May, is the National Day of Prayer. I received the following words from Shaun Lewis, who is the Illinois State Director for Capitol Commission, and believe they are relevant enough to share with you.
It's no secret that our political leaders pray. Almost every state legislature opens in prayer, and every U.S. President from Washington to Obama has openly affirmed faith in God. Lincoln called our nation to find strength through prayer and fasting. Truman designated a day of national prayer, and Reagan later set its date as the first Thursday of May. All of this sounds encouraging, doesn't it? Yet, something isn't quite right.
A year ago, I met with a legislator who spoke of his faith in Jesus Christ and said he prayed reguarly. Good start to our meeting, but it soon became apparent we didn't believe in the same Jesus. Like Jefferson, this legislator would pray "through Jesus Christ our Lord" while rejecting all of the Lord's miracles.
Everyone prays. Not everyone believes.
Public prayers for our nation may be sincere and well-crafted, but not all are heard. Why? Because not everyone who prays submits to the Jesus of the Bible, God as revealed in Scripture.
Our California State Director (Frank Erb) therefore exhorted: "Let's all be praying for our nation. We live in a country where many people pray in their own way, but far fewer are yielded to Jesus Christ, which, as 1 Timothy 2:1-8 shows us, is foundational. We who understand this have a responsibility, therefore, to be interceding for our government leaders” (including their staff and the entire Capitol community).
Pray with thanksgiving for the divine provision of government and the grace of civic order. Pray that our leaders would seek God’s empowerment and wisdom. Pray for Capitol staff, who advise and often serve sacrificially with our elected officials. Pray for protection and sustenance for our leaders and their families. Most importantly recognize that one will not heed the principles of Scripture if they reject the Author. Therefore, according to 1 Timothy 2:1-4, pray that God would demonstrate His grace and mercy to those who do not know Him.