Saturday, January 24, 2009

Week of Prayer - Saturday

Pray for Leaders in Government

I Timothy 2:1b-2 Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

"Intercession is truly universal work for the Christian. No place is closed to intercessory prayer. No continent - no nation - no organization - no city - no office. There is no power on earth that can keep intercession out." Richard Halverson

From The Presidential Prayer Task Force come the following suggestions:

Give thanks and praise to God for the many wonderful moments in Tuesday’s Inauguration festivities, thanking God for the great joy experienced - by those who were there, by our nation and by many around the world. Praise God that there were no major incidents, and that crowds behaved well. Give thanks for the many notes of faith in our mighty God that were sounded.
Pray for members of the Senate as they continue confirmation hearings this week, giving thanks for ease of the process thus far. In a single, unanimous vote, the Senate approved Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Peter Orszag was also approved as head of the White House budget office. Pray for the continued process of inquiry and confirmation, asking the God’s will is done and the truth is revealed. Pray for President and Mrs. Obama and their daughters as they seek a local church to nurture them spiritually. They graced Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington with a surprise visit last Sunday. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom as they seek a strong and wholesome environment.

Give thanks for the fragile peace taking hold in the Middle East, asking God to continue to move leaders’ hearts to end all violence and attacks. Pray for the rebuilding process that now must take place, asking that services will return to normal soon. Give thanks for the call to serve that has arisen from Washington this week (, praying that many will come forward to work on behalf of others, fulfilling the appeal to “serve a cause greater” than themselves. Pray for our nation to unite as we move forward under the leadership of our new President. Give thanks for the safe return to Texas of President and Mrs. Bush, thanking God for their efforts to have a smooth transition. Pray for their adjustment as they return to private life.

The first 100 days are crucial to any regime or administration. For President Obama, they are vital.

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