Friday, January 20, 2017 prayer

Special Day for Prayer


An image of a marching band
An image of a marching band

Today is a very special day for our nation.  Our constitution provides for the orderly transition of leadership.  The 20th amendment to our Constitution was ratified on January 23, 1933.    Check out this link on the history of the 20th Amendment.  These paragraphs are included in the article.

In order to ensure a smooth transition of power, there is a need for a period of time between the election and the swearing in of the new period.  New presidents have to choose cabinet members and other key administration members, as well as get up to speed on security issues and simply began the task of physically moving a new team to Washington.  For the old president, this time in office is referred to as “the lame duck” period, a term taken from Wall Street that used to refer to people who could not pay off their loans–persons, like the lame duck president, without much capital.

Before the enactment of the 20th Amendment in 1933, the new president was not sworn until the March following the election.  This long delay caused problems.  In the “secession winter” after the election of Abraham Lincoln, President James Buchanan watched as secessionists seized federal forts and arsenals.  By March 1861, when Lincoln finally took office, the Civil War was nearly lost before it even began.  Seven decades later, in the middle of the Great Depression, the lame duck period of president Herbert Hoover seemed far too long.  Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt barely communicated and the country waited for decisive action from its newly chosen leader.  In response, the 20th Amendment was proposed and adopted.

Because of the 20th Amendment, January 20th became Inauguration Day.  The oath is taken as close to noon as possible.

Later today, our nation will once again be transitioning from one administration and President to a new administration and President.  Donald Trump will be our 45th President.  Here’s a link to a list of all of our Presidents.

This past election process and even these days since the election has been one of the more “ugly” and tumultuous of my lifetime.  Each of us has our own thoughts and opinions and we should, for we are not a nation of robots or a creation of clones and puppets.

As Christians, whether we voted for the new President or not, Your Word, Oh God, tells us to pray for our leaders.  For you and I to be obedient to our Lord and our Savior, we should take heed and follow this request of yours Lord, given to us in 1 Timothy 2:1-3:

1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” -1 Timothy 2:1-3

Image of a woman praying
Image of a woman praying

I’ve been watching the news today and listening to the various talking heads and reading on the online news sites and of course in the various Facebook posts and comments.  I too have a fear that today may result in our citizens harming each other and damaging property.  There are reported to be thousands upon thousands who will be protesting and then again thousands who will be engaged into protesting the protesters.  How awful for one citizen to be pitted against another and even more, one child of God against another child.  I’m happy to read that there are also thousands committed to praying for our new president and for this day in our nation.  Early this morning, I join my own prayer to others who will be praying later and maybe even now.

My Prayer for Our Nation

Lord God, I come to you in these wee hours of the morning with a heavy heart to lay my cares and fears at Your holy feet.  Lord You do tell us to bring our cares and our worries to You, so I am doing so today.  Lord I pray You will protect our nation and our leaders today and each person at the inaugural events – each of them this day and the coming days as the new President and his administration begin to take on their duties.

I pray for the protection of Donald Trump, Mike Pence and each member of their teams and also their families during these days.  I pray Your hand of power and mercy will be held strong above our nation, holding back every strike or arrow thrown at us by the evil one, your ancient adversary, Satan and his minions.  I pray no loss of life or injury will occur in the mobs and masses who attend the various events today and this weekend.  I pray for all law enforcement and the special agents whose duty is to protect our leaders.  I pray for those who have allowed hate and anger to rise up within themselves and who intend to act out in violence and anger – even hate toward their fellow men and women.  I pray Your Holy Spirit will touch their hearts and calm their anger and in some manner drawn their lost souls to You, reminding them that You are a God of forgiveness and mercy and You want a special and unique relationship with them so You will be a friend to them throughout all of eternity.

An image of a praying woman
An image of a praying woman

I pray for the hearts of each leader who will take up new jobs and responsibilities for our nation.  I pray they will be convicted to seek Your hand and Your guidance for each task and each decision they have.  I pray You will divinely gift them with the best and wisest words and actions to take to please You and grow Your kingdom here in our nation.  May Donald Trump and Mike Pence and each new cabinet member, be a follower of Your precious son, Jesus and seek to know You more closely in the coming days.  And may each one resolve to become a better follower of Jesus during this new period of their lives.

May Your Holy Spirit sweep throughout our land, beginning today, to bring about a great revival across our nation in those who are now living in darkness without the hope of an eternity with You.

I pray no group or individual who plans evil against our nation or one of our leaders will be unstopped and their evil plans succeed.  I pray Your justice will be that which You desire for each one given over to evil deeds and plans.  Lord, this is Your prerogative, for “justice is Yours, You tell us in your Word.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

May each of us, Your children of this nation, be reminded of this today, so that none will take vengeance unto their own hands.

And lastly Lord, I pray and plead your blessings upon our nation.  May I and every follower of Yours, seek forgiveness for our many sins and repent and seek Your face for that forgiveness today.  I pray these words to you this morning.

I know there will be many praying this verse today and I join with them in humbly asking for Your forgiveness and healing for our nation.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

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I request that you join me in praying the prayer above and ask that you share your own prayers in the comments.  Your comments and your own prayers are welcome. – Shirley

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