Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration

As you hopefully know, tomorrow, January 20, 2009, is the day of the Inauguration of the President Elect, Barak Obama. It's a day of people being smashed on the mall as they watch, braving the cold, driving around VA and through MD to get to D.C.
But it's more than that. Whether or not you agree with Mr. Obama's perspective and potential policies, God has given us a command through Paul in his first letter to Timothy: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way." (I Tim. 2:1-2, ESV) We're not in a monarchy, but I'm sure that Presidents fall into this category.
So, let's do more than toss a party or stare at the TV and watch Mr. Obama take the oath or what-have-you. Let's be active in praying for this man who has the enormous task of leading our nation. Here are a few ideas... pray that:

-Mr. Obama would have wisdom in what to do with the wars in the middle east, even the ones not our own (specifically Israel and Gaza, even though they currently have a cease-fire)
-Mr. Obama would have wisdom in what to do with the current economic problems
-Mr. Obama would be totally and completely safe tomorrow during the ceremonies and throughout his presidency

Don't feel confined to that list!
God bless!

9 comments:

Samuel said...

Thanks Elizabeth, we should also pray that he would trust and follow God not just be worldly wise.

I feel andrew glaring at me 8|

Kevin said...

lol Sam!
But also adding to what Elizabeth said, God has put Obama in the presidency for a purpose, just like each of us.

Elizabeth K. said...

Except that we're not in high office. (Thankfully... I'd make a mess of it! I'm not cut out to be a politician.)
:-)

Samuel said...

I disagree with that although we are not in a physical high offic of a country we have a higher calling that that we have the most important high office and it is that we are Gods children and messengers on earth

Elizabeth K. said...

We are that, and I wasn't trying to imply that Obama had a "more important" role than we do (sorry if that was unclear.) It's just that his choices directly impact more people, being in high office.

Samuel said...

ok it seemed like it sorry

Elizabeth K. said...

Not a problem.

Dr. R physco said...

Good post. ya know, thousands of people were treated for hyperthermia because of the cold
( those who were out there from like 2:00 in the morning, which is about everybody.)

i find it amazing that he hasnt snapped already. all the pressure, hopes, dreams, and basically everything is placed on the president. its impossible for him to fulfill everything everyone wants him to. most likely he wont be able to handle the pressure, but if he does, then people will still be disapointed because everything that is expected of him, well most of it, is almost inhuman. it would take FAR more than 4 years to change our healthcare system, our economy is not going to be flying skyward in the blink of an eye. why, that issue alone is enough to take up his entire term!

-Dr. R. phsycopath

Elizabeth K. said...

Hey, it wasn't as cold as it had been for a few days previously. :-)

Yeah, a president can't please everybody, because not everyone agrees. And, yes, some people are going to be disappointed. I'm not implying that he's going to seriously screw things up, but some people seem to put their faith in human government. It's flawed, because humans are fallible, and so he's going to do something that's not perfect (just like the rest of us would.) And, given the issues that the nation is facing right now, he totally needs our prayer! He has some big stuff ahead of him...
Solo de gloria.