The Presidential Prayer Team
The title is The Presidential Prayer Team. It's a Devotional.
Blessed be the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12. It begins with that, then the Introduction. It started with just a simple idea. Mobilize Americans to pray. It started with one person, William Hunter, sculptor and inventor, who minted a special coin and gave them away as reminders to uphold our President in prayer. The coins were passed on and soon more were minted and hundreds across the nation joined in what became a nationwide movement as the century ended. They planned to launch the effort in November of 2001. Then September 11, theTerrorist attacks occurred. The staff worked around the clock to complete the website and all the organizational work. It was just what the grieving nation needed. Tens of thousands signed up. A quote from the introduction: Leaders today, especially the President of the United States, confront challenges the nation's founders never could have imagined. Our leaders cannot rely on human wisdom alone as they cope with the myriad complexities of the twenty-first century. They must connect with the holy Source of supernatural wisdom. They must pray. And our leaders can't carry this burden alone. If we are truly patriotic-and faithful-we must pray, too." The President, Vice President, Cabinet, Justices, all the leaders whose decisions impact our homes, communities,nation and our world, need prayers.
Written in devotional format this little book has short witnesses by well known people, supporting scripture, and meaningful quotes by former presidents such as President John Adams who told the people, "our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." I found historical insight, such as the first prayer in Congress and the prayer at the dedication of the Washington Monument, Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address and portions of several others. The interesting thing is to see how many presidents were facing a crisis "unlike we've ever known" at different times in history. Looks like prayer must have brought them through it. The book concludes with an invitation to join the Presidential Prayer Team. Perhaps you already knew about this; it was new to me. Visit www.presidentialprayerteam.org. Transitions in life aren't ever easy, but when others deliberately make it harder for everyone, adding hurt, frustration and blame, prayer is the antidote. Prayer creates a safe place to be heard and to listen and promotes healing, calms anger, brings about forgiveness. Let's do it. Let's commit to The Presidential Prayer Team and pray for the leaders of our country. Then pray for self, and pray for enemies. If you know of any thing more powerful or helpful, then do that. But for those of us with tears, disappointment, anger, fear, and frustration at the senseless destruction and acting out, those of us wanting to help in some way...here's our opportunity to help our government be strong and successful. God bless America.