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Lynn v. Sekulow

With the history-making election of our first African-American president, Barack Obama begins an important transition time leading up to the inauguration in January.  He will face many challenges – a faltering economy, the need to protect our great nation from those who want to destroy us, and guiding our nation during a time of war.

 

While there has been much written and said about this campaign, there’s something else that did not go unnoticed. In addition to the record number of voters who turned out at the polls, there was an unprecedented effort to pray for the candidates – for the election – for our nation’s future.

 

There were many organized prayer efforts nationwide – Catholics, Evangelicals and many others who understand the importance of prayer.  The fact is that Americans on both sides of the political spectrum were committed to prayer.

 

And, now as President-elect Obama prepares to govern, the fact is that Americans must still pray – as we are directed – for those in authority.  In Paul’s letter to Timothy, we are encouraged to pray:  “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.”

 

We should pray for our new president and those who serve in Congress (including those who were elected and re-elected in the House and Senate).

An organization called The Presidential Prayer Team  has launched a new initiative – 77 days of prayer for our new president (the time between Election Day and Inauguration Day).  77 days is a good beginning.  But the fact is we face many challenges and dangers ahead that will only intensify in the days, months, and years ahead.  And for millions of Americans, that will mean continuing to pray for our leaders and our nation.

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