Thursday, September 18, 2008

Praying at the Capital This Morning

It’s 6:30 in the morning, and I’m about to drive to Lansing where it will be my privilege to open today’s Michigan State Senate Session with prayer. For me this is a great honor. And it’s a God-opportunity. I’m glad our government still opens their sessions with prayer. Is the opening prayer mere protocol? For me it makes no difference, because I believe in God and I believe that where prayer focuses, power falls. I look forward to blessing our state senators with wisdom and hope and creativity and diacritical ability that can only come from God. They need it, as do I. God is not in some panic room over these difficult economic times, and has direction to give for all who will listen. And when it clesrly comes from God and advances his kingdom the glory will go to him.

I don’t feel that political solutions will ultimately cure the things that lie deep in the human heart. I do believe each of our state senators has a heart that can be transformed into Christlikeless. If and as this happens if will be good for them and us and God. If this happens it would cause the people to rejoice.

In 1 Timothy 2:1-6 Paul instructs young Timothy by saying: “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. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.”

I’ll be standing before the Senate at 10 AM and before God asking him for some things and giving thanks.