9 April 2001

This week, we witnessed the most horrific act of terrorism this country has ever known, the destruction of the World Trade Center and the an attempt to destroy the Pentagon and who knows what other targets. Even in our little town, it seemed like pandemonium as people raced to the gas stations in fear of what tomorrow might bring. In the midst of chaos it is a great comfort for us to remember that Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father and is still in control of all things. In the panic of it all I observed something very interesting: people on CNN were actually talking about prayer and God! As we read the scriptures, it was catastrophe that, many times, brought God's people back to Him and many times their first act was prayer. It was Paul that reminded Timothy of the importance of prayer for the leaders of lands: "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty"-1 Timothy 2:1-2. I must confess, I was far along in my adult life before I knew this was in the Bible and I was supposed to be praying such prayers. I was like many today, I took it all for granted. Not only should we be praying for the victims and their families, we should also be praying for our president and those around him, that God would grant him the wisdom and strength he needs to make the right decisions for our land. This encouragement to pray for leaders of lands was not just for a young preacher, it is an encouragement for us all. Every day, the prayers of the righteous should ascend unto God requesting his blessings upon those who make decisions that will affect our homes and families. From the president, to those at a local level, from those that sit upon seats of judgement, to those who patrol our streets, let us all follow the apostles admonition as we approach each day. Solomon wrote, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn"-Proverbs 29:2. Even during the times of wicked kings, Solomon and Paul recognized the importance of righteous leaders and the need to pray for such. The reason is obvious, "That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life". As we exercise our right to vote, this should be benchmark of our hearts. Who is the most God-fearing man. Whether he is a Democrat, Republican or Independent, this should be placed above economy and all other issues as we prayerfully approach the voting booth. We would not place the government above the Church, nor confuse Caesar's world with God's kingdom, yet how could we pray for a man to make Godly decisions if we did not at least try to put the most Godly man in office? I was thankful to hear President Bush quote the 23rd Psalm. Surely we would be thankful during these times that our president is seeking God's face for his answers. And in the midst of it all, there is yet another comfort that we might take to our hearts. Just to know that we did not take God's blessings of peace for granted and that we can faithfully say, "I have prayed". Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning.