September 11, 2018
"The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide, a shelter in the time of storm, secure whatever ill betide, a shelter in the time of storm." In prayer today, that old hymn expressing refuge to God rang out in my mind.
On this 9-11 day, I reflect back to the terrible terrorist attacks against our nation 17 years ago. My heart hurts and I weep. I continue to pray for God’s hand to thwart evil and to give our President, National and Military leadership wisdom to make best decisions to protect our land. I pray for courage and protection to our first responders and our armed forces who so diligently and selflessly fight the battle against evil aggression both within our hometowns and abroad. I lift up the families touched directly and ask for God’s hand to continue to bring His comfort, hope and healing.
I write this note today from upstate New York. Months ago I made a commitment to speak at a nearby University presenting the ministry of Capitol Commission. The school was intrigued by our non-political, non-lobbying strategic work of bringing the presence of Jesus, the teaching of God's Word, pastoral care, and prayer to our legislative leaders. You support and pray for this strategic work that sows the seed and prepares our nation's leaders to know, rely on and follow the Lord. Thank you!
I should clarify that my heart is not in New York but rather in North Carolina today. My friends, family and home are there and I am praying fervently today for you.
My heart is heavy as I think of the approaching hurricane. I lift up our NC Governor Cooper who is working hard to make the best decisions ahead of this storm to protect lives and our state.
Would you join me in lifting up our Governor and all of our State leaders who, today and over the days ahead, will make critical decisions related to Hurricane Florence preparation and recovery efforts? Let us ask God to give them Divine wisdom and His strength. Furthermore, let us ask God to use this time in their personal lives to draw them and all of us near to the Lord.
May we ask God for His mercy to hold back the devastation of this storm.
Please note that Prayer at the Legislative Chapel will not meet Wednesday at 11 am this Second Wednesday. Instead I challenge you to move it to your home and join with a few to call out unto the Lord.
Our Governor and Lt. Governor and State Leaders are calling for and need your prayers.
It is my hope that you will join in your circles and pray for all of your State Leaders. If you do not already know of or use www.pray1Tim2.org, this would be a great opportunity to connect with this tool that presents God’s way to pray for our leaders.
Those who serve over you do so with a great calling from the Lord. He calls them His servants and His ministers. He calls them to be reliant upon Him carrying out Biblical Shalom, the building of a wholesome, healthy, prosperous, peaceful civilization. At the grassroots level, that is the calling of each of us. Build into the life of your neighbor and community during these testing days and do good.
Today countless thousands are evacuating, boarding up windows, moving furniture indoors and buying supplies. Key first responders and workers are sleeping at power plants and strategic response locations. One thing is very clear in all this, the preparation for a storm is before it arrives.
This is not just true of a hurricane but in life storms and political storms. The Bible is clear that reliance upon the Lord brings stability, hope and calm. Our Capitol Commission ministers across America are in essence bringing "storm" preparation to the hearts of our nation's leaders in their personal work with them.
The Psalmist anchored himself in the Shelter of the Most High. He declared, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the Shadow of the Almighty…[for] if you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you…I will protect those who trust in my name…I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue and honor them." Psalm 91:1, 9, 14, 15
Jesus reflected strongly on the reality that building your life upon the Word of God is the best storm preparation for the storms of life, whatever they are, in His parable about the wise man who built his house upon the rock.
Today in America and locally in North Carolina, may the Lord be our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. May God use you and me who know the Lord, who have prepared by building our life on the Lord to be a comfort to those around us. Let us love those around us in these turbulent times and do good for the glory of God.
For His Glory,
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