PASTOR COLUMN - Make change possible: Pray for the nation

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The future of our nation is at stake.

There are always prophets of doom who point out how bad things are - and they're not wrong, although they do remind me of Chicken Little, always crying out, "The sky is falling!" And today, many people want us to believe that the sky is falling in America.

Times may be hard, but this is no time to panic. We've survived much worse.

At his inauguration, President Barack Obama enumerated some problems, such as the recession and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the president, calling for change, said, "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the work of remaking America."

The United States was founded by people who had a deep and abiding belief in God and His sovereignty. When George Washington laid the cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol in 1793, he anointed it with holy oil, the Bible was read, and a pastor prayed over it.

So for Christians, the work of remaking America should be right up our alley. In fact, true followers of Jesus Christ have always been the very best citizens in any nation, because God's Word teaches us how to be part of the solution, rather than the problem.

The first and most important thing Christians can do to make a difference is to pray for our leaders. The Bible directs us to do so. "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." (1 Timothy 2:1-2.)

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, he says, "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 will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

That means that, even if you didn't vote for President Obama, you're to pray for him and other leaders.

I have committed myself to pray for President Obama as I prayed for President Bush. I'm praying the president will seek God's will and follow His leadership. Through prayer, even though most of us will never meet the president, we can have a positive influence in his life, and make a difference in our nation. So, as part of praying for our leaders, I'm asking God to send a spiritual awakening that will sweep our land.

Wouldn't it just be like our Father, who has a twinkle in His divine eye, to send us a national revival while the president is in office?

The Rev. Tim Bruner is pastor of New Beginnings Chapel, 822 W. Main St. in Walla Walla. You may reach him at 509-527-3385. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at catherinehicks@wwub.com.

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