The title to this post is also the title of an article that came to my attention. The article began:
After a photo of Vice President Mike Pence praying with his coronavirus task force went public, waves of criticism mocking the United States' second-in-command struck social media.
I am thankful for the leaders in our government who, while they may be few, recognize the need to pray!
Our nation, regardless of what history revisionists may say, was founded by men and women who recognized their dependence upon God and, because of that dependence, prayed - particularly in times of national crisis! Consider the words of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War:
[I]t is the duty of nations as well . . . and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord [Psalm 33:12]. . . . But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace – too proud to pray to the God that made us.
As individuals, and as a nation, we recognize our dependence upon God when we pray.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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. 2 Chronicles 7:14
In a recent service, I (as pastor of South Charlotte Baptist Church) prayed for God's protection upon our congregation and the city of Charlotte and surrounding communities. Why? Because I understand and am confident that our safety and well-being ultimately comes from God.
The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. Proverbs 21:31
I would urge our politicians and government leaders to pray; I would urge everyone to pray.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1