Our Sacred Responsibility

By Charles W. Keysor, Editor

Who can describe our feelings after the political turmoil of this year? A new President sits in the White House. We have been shaken to the very foundations.

From it all, Christians should draw at least one vital lesson: we must support our President with regular, fervent, believing prayer!

Looking back on the tragedy of President Nixon’s decline and fall, must we not confess that we often failed to intercede in his behalf with the Heavenly Father? And must we not also admit that our criticisms, or our defensive arguments, often outweighed our prayers—both in volume and intensity? Would things have been different if our prayer volume had exceeded our volume of argumentation, rhetoric and analysis?

It is a deep article of our evangelical faith that “prayer changes things” … that “more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

There is not much that we ordinary citizens can do about many of the complex problems which swarm around us. We cannot solve the inflation problem, the farm problem or the Arab-Israeli problem. But we know the One whose grace is sufficient for every need! No problem is too difficult for Him who hung the world in space … who holds together the atoms of this far-flung universe … who planned all things from the foundation of the world. This great God has invited us to come to Him in prayer. Through Jesus Christ the way is free and clear. The only limitation is our forgetfulness, our carelessness in coming to Him.

Let us determine to come boldly before the Throne of Grace interceding daily for our President.

Let us vow that not a single day will pass without praying for him and the other leaders of our nation.

As Christians who honor God by being good citizens, let us resolve that: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (I Timothy 2:1-3).


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