Yesterday I told you a story about my first experience with God's version of the 'Bait & Switch' system of changing our hearts towards those around us. Back in the 6th grade I learned an important lesson on praying for someone I did not like.
Today I come to you and ask you to consider a new way of discussing and posting items about our President, Barack Obama. This morning I had a tough time finding a picture of him that was not captioned or cartooned with rude or crude insults.
The inspiration for this post comes from my heartbreak and shock at seeing Christians/believers clicking a big old "LIKE" on so many of these negative posts and pictures.
|This is one of the more "mild" negative pics I have seen.|
We know that we are supposed to be praying for our leaders right? The Bible talks a lot about praying for our teachers, bosses and kings. Agreeing with the beliefs and policies of the leader was not a requirement.
My question is; do you really think that it is OK to click a LIKE on crude items with one hand while raising the other hand in prayer for the same person?
I know that when we honestly pray for someone; our hearts and minds are changed towards them. There is a big difference between praying for someone and praying about someone. The sound and tone are completely different.
When you pray about a person, you are telling God what to do to them and what he should make them do. There was a joke t-shirt online a few years ago that had a picture of praying hands and the words, "Praying for Obama - Psalm 109:8" ...that passage reads, "Let his days be few and let another take his place." The following verse says "Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow." (http://gawker.com/5407568/christian-conservatives-praying-for-god-to-kill-obama)
When you pray for a person, you will be bringing them before God's attention and asking Him to help them, bless them and reveal Himself to them.
When we pray for someone we find ourselves seeing them through the eyes of God. And God loves President Obama. Whether you like that or not, He does. If you feel like this president is your enemy, you are still not off the hook to pray for him. (Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those ...)
When you are praying for someone, you are agreeing with what The Father wants for them. You are asking Him for His thoughts regarding that political official. It may be completely the opposite of our idea for that man or woman. The "bait & switch" happens when we begin to see a change in our feelings and thoughts toward that leader. We are beginning to allow God's thoughts to be our thoughts! And His thoughts are always for the good towards His creation.
God is sneaky that way.
I do not jump into controversial political discussions in person or online. But when I see the way some of my fellow believers are treating our President, it hurts me and confuses me. I find it hard to believe that the same people who post this stuff can honestly be praying for our leadership. The two do not go together.
As I did some research on praying for our president, I came across this from Max Lucado. He suggests 4 simple prayers for President Obama and his family. From "How to pray for Barack Obama"
- Protection over his family - John 17:15
- Wisdom - James 1:5
- Reverence - Psalm 111:10
- Strength - Hebrews 13:20
Use these four requests to begin changing the way you pray for our leader. Do you believe we can alter our country's direction if we alter our own prayers for it? Why not?
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