Last night I attended the National Day of Prayer Rally at the Butler Elementary School. I was assigned to lead a prayer for the military. Many other ministers and dignitaries were also invited to lead prayer for other civic and religious themes, so it was a community event.
I shared that our military has always been about transporting freedom and democracy to other cultures. Many lives have been sacrificed to carry that message overseas. We need to pray for our brave men and women in uniform that they will be protected, vigilant, and successful in their efforts to uproot evil and tyranny.
The death of Osama bin Laden, which we hail as a victory, does not make the world a safer place. Others will rise up to take his place. Vengeance has already been threatened, and will surely be attempted. The world will never be a truly safer place until Jesus Christ comes back, which is imminent.
Take one minute right now and pray for our military. God bless the USA.
Tags: military, patriotism, prayer
A few closing thoughts on the topic of prayer:
Mother Theresa was asked, “What are the sources of your strength?” She replied, “A 98-year old woman in Philadelphia who prays for me.”
Martin Luther once said, enjoying a meal: “If I could only watch and pray like that dog watches my meat.”
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Christine Fodera attends a Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky. She told the following true story: “Our priest had asked my husband, Sam, to do some rewiring in the confessionals.
“The only way to reach the wiring was to enter the attic above the altar and crawl over the ceiling by balancing on the rafters. Concerned for my husband’s safety, I waited in a pew.
“Unknown to me, some other parishioners were congregating in the vestibule. They paid little attention to me, probably assuming I was praying. Worried about my husband, I looked up toward the ceiling and yelled, “Sam, Sam – are you up there? Did you make it okay?”
There was quite an outburst from the vestibule when Sam’s hearty voice echoed down, “Yes, I made it up here just fine!”
Tags: Catholic, heaven, humor, prayer
There was a small Kentucky town that had two churches and one whiskey distillery. Members of both churches complained that the distillery gave the community a bad image. On top of this the owner of the distillery was an atheist. They tried to shut down the place but were unsuccessful.
At last they decided to hold a joint Saturday night prayer meeting. They would ask God to intervene. Saturday night came and all through the prayer meeting a terrible electrical storm raged. To the delight of the church members lightning struck the distillery and it burned to the ground.
Next morning, the sermons in both churches were on “The Power of Prayer”. Fire insurance adjusters promptly notified the distillery owner they would not pay for his damages. The fire was caused by an “act of God” and was excluded in the policy. Whereupon the distillery owner sued all the church members, claiming they had conspired with God to destroy his building. The defendants denied absolutely that they had done anything to cause the fire.
The trial judge observed: “I find one thing about this case that is very perplexing. We have a situation where the plaintiff – an atheist – is professing his belief in the power of prayer, and the defendants – and church members – are denying the power of prayer.
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American journalist and public commentator Bill Moyers served as White House press Secretary for President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965-1967. On a certain occasion, Moyers, who also was an ordained minister, was asked to say grace before a meal in the family quarters of the White House.
Moyers, usually rather quiet and softspoken, began praying softly. President Johnson, usually loud, confident, and assertive, interrupted him with “Speak up, Bill! Speak up!”
The former Baptist minister from east Texas stopped in mid-sentence and without looking up replied steadily, “I wasn’t addressing you, Mr. President.”
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I heard about a wife that invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to her six-year old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”
“I wouldn’t know what to say,” she replied.
“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the wife said.
The daughter then bowed her head and said: “Dear Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”
Kids will do what you model for them, not what you tell them to do. Be careful.
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Understanding God as a loving, heavenly parent is so important in our attitude and approach, for how we picture God will influence what we expect of our Creator in prayer. A schoolboy was asked what he thought God was like. He replied that, as far as he could make out, God was “the sort of person who is always snooping round to see if people are enjoying themselves and then trying to stop it!”
If we, like this schoolboy, picture God as a Cosmic Kill-joy, then we will not go to God very often in prayer. Then there are those who picture God at the other extreme, as a Colossal Vending Machine, whose sole purpose is to give us what we want. Just pop in a prayer and out comes our heart’s desire. A problem arises, however, when prayer does not work out quite so simply, when the expected results are not produced. Then, in disappointment and anger, we kick and scream at our Cosmic Vending Machine for swallowing our prayer.
Jesus likens God to neither of these extremes. To Him, God is like a Good Parent who will give us in prayer what is good for us, not always what we want.
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