Is There a Prayer for Congress?

As debate on the healthcare bill comes to a head, most Americans are appalled at the corruption we observe in the process. Some of our congressmen are acting like barbarians. A couple of weeks ago Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, compared people who oppose health care reform to those who supported slavery in the 19th century. Last week Senator Al Franken denied the normal privilege of a couple more minutes for Senator Joe Lieberman to finish his remarks. Senator John McCain said he had never seen such behavior in the Senate. And this weekend Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn said, “What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight.”

And now the unpopular, unread bill will go back to the House of Representatives for more drama and embarrassment.

In Fiddler on the Roof, the Rabbi was asked, “Is there a proper blessing for the Czar?” To the oppressed Jews this was nearly unthinkable. But the witty Rabbi said, “A blessing for the Czar? Of course. May God bless and keep the Czar … far away from us!”

The Apostle Paul taught us that we should indeed pray for our governmental leaders. Paul lived under the cruel and godless reign of the Roman Emperor Nero. Yet, by the prompting of the Holy Spirit, he gave us this advice:
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
– 1 Timothy 2:1-4

When we’re frustrated with our government we should call their offices or send them Email. But we should also remember to pray for them. Right now it would take a miracle for them to make the right decision, but then, that’s what prayer is all about, isn’t it?

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  2. Garrett Gustkey says:

    I am one who has a hard time with politics and politicians. Therefore I am required to take a distinct direction of discipline when comes to this area. I for one cant stand politics. For reasons I will not go in to. However, I do work harder in prayer to ask that God will supernaturally by HIS hand guide the Leaders(I name each one specifically) of this land into a Clear awakening of Gods presence in heart,mind and soul. I ask that God will protect these persons from the influences of evil and to guide each politicians thoughts and words and actions. I ask God to forgive me for my irreverence of the men and women who are on my mind as some one i disagree with into a righteous leading of this nation. I thank God that He is God .He leads each person or persons as He will. He places each of us into positions of power. I thank Him for a clear heart and a clear mind. and then I ask Ask Him to make the person He wants me to pray for the foremost person in my mind for that Daily Prayer, and I pray for their family to know Christ. I work this one prayer Harder than my other prayers in which I pray for, in my words and thoughts because this is the one area which is most distasteful in my mind. imho Brother Garrett

  3. If by, “a prayer” we mean a certain set of words to be repeated word for word, then it would accomplish little, If, however we mean “a regular time to pray,” then, by all means.

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