Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 27th - 40 Days of Prayers

As you may know the election for the United States President is coming up November 6th. That's not very far away. Writers are advised to not generally take sides in politics. So I'm not going to tell you if I lean towards the Republican or Democrat candidate.

BUT . . .

I believe this election is crucial. And because I'm a person of faith, I was very interested to learn that people of faith from many denominations are going to do 40 days of prayers leading up to the election.

As I've thought about this, I remembered reading about Benjamin Franklin when he requested prayer at the Constitutional Convention. This is what he wrote:

 Mr. President:
 The small progress we have made . . . is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the human understanding. . . . In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered.  . . . I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the builders of Babel . . .  I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that Service-
--Benjamin Franklin July 28, 1787

I believe our nation could use a lot of prayers, and especially from now until the election. I hope you do as well and will join in praying for divine help in selecting our next president.

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I usually post on Thursdays, but this week I'm posting on Friday. I have something very special and different in mind for you!!!

On FRIDAY September 28th  I'll post not only my review of Jody Hedlund's new novel, Unending Devotion, but also Jody's Secret #18 where she tells us her greatest dreams and aspirations of being a writer.

You'll want to stop by and leave a comment BECAUSE one of the commentors on my blog will be eligible to win a copy of her new book. 

Please stop by Friday and leave a comment. :)
 
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4 comments:

  1. Excellent post Kathi. I had never heard of the 40 days of prayer. I love that idea!

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    1. I'm very hopeful all those prayers will help. :)

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  2. Such a powerful reminder of the faith that built our nation. Thank you for the post! I will definitely be praying.

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    1. I love reading about the founding fathers of our nation. I truly believe they were divinely inspired. I'm praying too. :)

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