November 6, 2008
I liked what Al Mohler suggested about praying for President-elect Barack Obama. May the Lord help us to be faithful in praying for him. It is the Lord who holds the heart of every ruler in His hands!
Beyond this, we must commit ourselves to pray for this new President, for his wife and family, for his administration, and for the nation. We are commanded to pray for rulers, and this new President faces challenges that are not only daunting but potentially disastrous. May God grant him wisdom. He and his family will face new challenges and the pressures of this office. May God protect them, give them joy in their family life, and hold them close together.
We must pray that God will protect this nation even as the new President settles into his role as Commander in Chief, and that God will grant peace as he leads the nation through times of trial and international conflict and tension.
We must pray that God would change President-Elect Obama’s mind and heart on issues of our crucial concern. May God change his heart and open his eyes to see abortion as the murder of the innocent unborn, to see marriage as an institution to be defended, and to see a host of issues in a new light. We must pray this from this day until the day he leaves office. God is sovereign, after all.
November 6, 2008
O God, why have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? (Psalm 74:1)
LORD, the Episcopal Church has been unfaithful to you; help us repent and return to you so that your anger may cease from us.
Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, the tribe of your inheritance, which you have redeemed–this Mount Zion where you have dwelt. (Psalm 74:2)
Jesus, remember those faithful congregations and dioceses which you have redeemed and where you have dwelt.
Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary. (Psalm 74:3)
Father, look upon the desolations in the Episcopal Church and have mercy on us.
Your enemies roar in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their banners for signs. (Psalm 74:4)
Holy Spirit, those who preach a false gospel have taken over the leadership of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us and guide Bishop Bill and all your faithful shepherds in this time of trouble for your people. Thank you.
A word received: Speak to my people: tell them of my love for them. Speak and tell them of the hope I have for them. Speak and bless with words of hope. Speak of my care for the lost and the least.
Thursday: 74; Ecclesiasticus 44:1-15 or Ezra 7:(1-10)11-26; Revelation 16:12-21; Luke 14:18-30
Friday: 73; Ecclesiasticus 50:1,11-24 or Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36; Revelation 17:1-18; Luke 13:31-35