(A.K.A. Why I haven’t posted in a few weeks)
So it has been a crazy couple of weeks. In addition to the normal rattle and hum of family, ministry and school stuff, I also had the amazing privilege of spending the week in Washington D.C. It was both my first time being to our nation’s capital and the first time helping with the National Day of Prayer events there. Many of you helped to get me there, so let me share a little bit of the story. I hope you will see why some surprising realities give me new hope for our country.
But first. . .
THE BACK STORY
When we lived in Chicago I worked as a protection agent. The company I worked for provides security for people and places in some rather cool ways. My former boss called and asked if I wanted to help provide some additional security during the National Day of Prayer observance in Washington. So. . . I grabbed my black suit and headed to the capital.
Now, I have only seen Washington on the news and in movies. And to be honest, I’m not really into politics and tend to be rather cynical about the national politicians. So I had no idea what to expect.
Honestly, I was surprised. While I am sure that there are plenty of corrupt and selfish politicians and lobbyists in Washington that are making life miserable for people, I must confess there were three things that truly surprised me and two of them gave me hope.
Surprise 1: D.C. is WAY more Confusing Than I Thought
I used to live and work in and around Chicago and I thought that city was a bit confusing at times. D.C. is way worse!
They actually take pride in the confusion. I heard more people tell me how, after the city was burned to the ground, a Frenchman rebuilt the city to be more confusing. Wow. Thank you, France.
Needless to say, this was not the surprise that gives hope.
Surprise 2: Leaders Who Stake Jesus’s Name To Their Work.
I have no doubt that there are plenty of amoral, selfish people in D.C. Just like everywhere else. Still, I was deeply impressed to see how many people of faith are trying, to the best of their abilities, to bring Jesus’s influence into our nation.
I know that one week in D.C. does not make me any sort of expert on our political arena. Still, it struck me how hard it would be to truly live for Jesus in that environment.
Most people want something from you. Most people will smile at you and say what you want to hear. Most things seem to be done with compromise and arm twisting. How do you live for the Lord or use a Christian worldview in this setting?
At all of our events, I was able to meet a number of people in our government who were trying to do exactly that. A number of congressmen, senators, and their staff members were standing up for their faith. By showing up to our event, they were staking their name and their reputation to the Name of Jesus Christ. Realizing for the first time what an uphill battle they have has breathed new life into my personal prayer life.
Surprise 3: The Belief in Shaking the World Through Prayer.
Being around the men and women who truly believe in the power of prayer is humbling.
Anne Graham Lotz, the chairwoman of the NDOP Task Force, called the people gathered to pray for our repentance as a nation. To see other Christian leaders sharing their insights and words of encouragement with our leaders is very humbling.
Revelation 8 teaches us that when the saints of God pray, our prayers go up to God like a wonderful fragrance. However, after God receives our prayers, he hurls fire back down on the earth. This picture shows us God’s view on how he uses our prayers to effect change in the world.
1 Timothy 2:2 teaches us to pray for those who rule us. My biggest takeaway, seeing the number of people boldly living for Jesus while leading our country, is that we must absolutely be on our knees praying for them.
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What makes encourages you to pray for our leaders?
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