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Biblical guidelines for national prayer ^ | Saturday, March 29, 2003 | Jerry Falwell

Posted on 03/28/2003 11:56:28 PM PST by JohnHuang2

At this critical time in our nation's history, it is imperative that Christians join together in prayer for our troops who wage war against a merciless enemy. This column is designed to offer suggestions on how to effectively pray for our troops, our leaders and our nation during this time of war and social unrest.

Praying for our troops

"The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them" (Psalm 34:7, NKJV).

I often reflect on this verse when praying for our military personnel now fighting for the liberation of Iraq. It is comforting to know that God wants to guard and deliver those who trust Him. That is why it is so vitally important that Christians blanket our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in prayer.

I was heartened to witness a variety of news reports documenting the many worship services that were taking place prior to the military campaign into Iraq. One very moving photo showed a young man being baptized in a modified pool there. Baptist Press also showed a young technician being baptized in a munitions crate aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman.

Many of the men and women fighting to liberate Iraq are Christian brothers and sisters. In fact, several Liberty University students and graduates are now serving in the region as chaplains. I am confident that these individuals – and many others – are standing as outspoken representatives for Christ in the midst of battle. I have been praying that many American service members come to know Christ as Savior while serving their nation.

Let us also continue to pray that the Lord will safely deliver our troops to their families and friends who await their return. And may our nation welcome them home as heroes when they return to us.

Praying for our leaders

Earlier this year, President Bush said, "We pray for wisdom to know and do what is right and we pray for God's peace in the affairs of men."

Since our nation's founding, many of our leaders have sought God's hand in human endeavors. We continue to call on Him to direct our leaders.

In his "A Prayer for America," author Max Lucado beautifully expressed his hope for the nation in the wake of Sept. 11: "Let your mercy be upon our president, vice president, and their families. Grant to those who lead us wisdom beyond their years and experience. Have mercy upon the souls who have departed and the wounded who remain. Give us grace that we might forgive and faith that we might believe. And look kindly upon your church. For 2,000 years you've used her to heal a hurting world. Do it again, Lord. Do it again."

I Timothy 2:1-2 tells us: "Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."

Our responsibility is to support our leaders in prayer. The Bible recounts times in the past when God's people did not take this responsibility seriously and the consequence was often the rise to power of evil monarchs. I encourage readers to honor President Bush and the members of his administration with your faithful prayers.

Praying for our nation

Proverbs 14:34 reminds us, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."

This is why it is so vitally important that Christians become involved in the democratic process. It is essential that we vote for leaders who will uphold Judeo-Christian values.

Anne Graham Lotz, appearing on CBS's "Early Show" on Sept. 13, 2001, discussed the importance of prayer in sustaining our nation. She noted that God is "emotionally involved in our pain" and that He "can bring comfort beyond human understanding."

During this time of war and potential terror, many people are asking important questions about life and personal peace. Christians must be ready to provide appropriate answers that point people toward the outstretched hand of Christ. This is how true revival can begin in our nation.

Furthermore, if we are to be involved in instigating a spiritual reawakening in America, we must look to Ephesians, chapter five, to make sure that we, as Christians, are living as true examples of Christ.

Don't grow weary in well doing

I would encourage Christians everywhere to continue to diligently pray for our troops, our leaders and our nation. No matter how dark the hour may seem, God continues to hear and answer our prayers. Galatians 6:9 tells us how important it is to be persistent in our Christian efforts: "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nationalprayer; prayersfortroops
Saturday, March 29, 2003

Quote of the Day by LibertyJihad

1 posted on 03/28/2003 11:56:28 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
I Timothy 2:1-2 tells us: "Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that <we> may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."

"we" is all Christians. The prayer goes equally for Christians in Iraq as it does for those in America.

2 posted on 03/29/2003 12:27:21 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: JohnHuang2
"On October 7, 1571, a great victory over the mighty Turkish fleet was won by Catholic naval forces primarily from Spain, Venice, and Genoa under the command of Don Juan of Austria. It was the last battle at sea between "oared" ships, which featured the most powerful navy in the world, a Moslem force with between 12,000 to 15,000 Christian slaves as rowers. The patchwork team of Catholic ships was powered by the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary."

"Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, St. Pope Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. We know today that the victory was decisive, prevented the Islamic invasion of Europe, and evidenced the Hand of God working through Our Lady. At the hour of victory, St. Pope Pius V, who was hundreds of miles away at the Vatican, is said to have gotten up from a meeting, went over to a window, and exclaimed with supernatural radiance: "The Christian fleet is victorious!" and shed tears of thanksgiving to God."

"At Lepanto, the Victory over the Moslems was won by the faithful praying the Rosary. Even though they had superior numbers, the Turks really were overmatched. Blessed Padre Pio, the Spiritual Father of the Blue Army, said: "The Rosary is the weapon," and how right he was!"

The best weapon in our arsenal of prayer is the Rosary.
3 posted on 03/29/2003 12:57:10 AM PST by Smocker
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To: Smocker
how to effectively pray

If God is going to be that picky, maybe there
should be a Prayer for Dummies book.  You never
know, though.  Consider this comedy track:

This is the Bob Scott Radio show, the most popular call-in show in the country, starring Bob Scott. And now, heeeeeeere's BOB!

[Music intro]

[God]  Bob is out today.  I'll be filling in for him.  My name is God.  You know, the almighty.  Let's take our first call.  Hello, caller 1?

[Caller 1]  Uh, hello?

[God]  Go ahead, this is God.

[Caller 1]  Uh, I have a question.  Can I talk to Bob?

[God]  Bob isn't here.  What's your question?

[Caller 1]  I'd rather ask Bob.

[God]  I'm sure I can help.  I'm omniscient, omnipotent, and all that, you know?

[Caller 1]  Uh, no, I'll wait and ask Bob.

[God]  Suit yourself.  Go ahead, Caller 2, you're on the air.

[Caller 2]  Uh, if you're such a loving God, how come there's so much pain, misery, and disease in the world?

[Long pause]

[God] I don't know, ask Bob. Hello, Caller 3, you're on the air!
4 posted on 03/29/2003 12:16:57 PM PST by gcruse (If they truly are God's laws, he can enforce them himself.)
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To: gcruse
No, God is not picky, He listens to all our prayers. I have enthusiasm for the Rosary, I did not mean to say that God won't listen if the prayer is not the Rosary.
5 posted on 03/30/2003 2:02:08 AM PST by Smocker
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