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As we welcome in another President, and say our farewells to the old one, it is fitting that today’s theme be Prayer.

1 Timothy 2:1-5 says, “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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

We need to pray for WISDOM and POWER:

Ephesians 1:18-20 says, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength.”

Strength and knowledge of God’s love:

Ephesians 3:16-19 says, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Discernment:

Philippians 1:9-11 says, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”

I did not vote for our current president. Barak Obama was not checked on my ballot, however, it will not stop me from praying for him. I do believe he needs to be lifted in prayers for WISDOM and POWER, STRENGTH and KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S LOVE, and DISCERNMENT. I pray safety for him AND his lovely wife and daughters. I do not wish ill for any of them. I pray blessings, and peace, and knowledge over all of them.

And specifically, I have used these very verses above to pray over our church sanctuary over the weekend, walking around the entire room and praying these verses outloud.

There is POWER in prayer! We have the opportunity DAILY to talk to the Creator of the Universe and we need to take advantage of it. Prayer does change things.

Thank you, Lori, for filling in for Iris while she is away! If you click on the Thankful Thursday photo above, it will take you to her site! Happy Thankful Thursday!

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