Prayer serves the mightiest to the most humble

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 8, 2008

By Harold Keller

After a long Fourth of July weekend, I, like most people, have a struggle getting back to the everyday routine. It’s for that reason that I decided to use the following article written by my daughter, which appeared in another publication. It reminded me of what I should do instead of always being critical.


By Ronny Michel

Near the end of the school year, a visitor to my classroom noticed the picture of President Bush on the wall.  “So you like him?” he asked.  When I told him that I did, he continued, “I like some of the things that he’s done, but I don’t agree with everything.”

Not wanting to enter into a political discussion before a class of first graders, I said, “Whether or not I agree with everything that he does, I pray for the president daily. And in a few months, regardless of who is elected president, I will pray for him everyday.”

Following the instructions of I Timothy 2:1-3, I pray for our leaders in government.  Sometimes it is a very short petition that God would cause each one to rule righteously and to daily bow their knee to His name.  Other times, my prayers are more specific.  

I believe that we should stay informed of not just local, but national and world events. Billy Graham made it a habit to read several newspapers every day, including some from overseas. He felt it necessary to know what was going on in a culture before addressing the people. Keep abreast of current events motivates me to pray for our leaders as they make decisions that affect us all.

I have never served in the armed forces, nor am I involved in government leadership. My role of daily prayer for the community, state, and nation may not be visible; however, I believe that it is vital.

May we never forget God’s promise to King Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

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