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No Agenda, Just Prayer

Written by Pastor Eric Everhart

As a senior ranking soldier who has served in several tours of combat, I can say to each of you that I understand the weight that comes with being responsible for the lives of the soldiers who served under me. I know all too well the loss of sleep and physical sickness that comes with making hard decisions that would place my soldiers in harm’s way or even worse. I have experienced agony and pain of having soldiers wounded and killed in the line of duty while under my watch. Leadership comes with great responsibility, and that responsibility can cost you much! That kind of authority and pressure can and will take a toll on any person.

As I think about our President and our nation’s leaders, I can only imagine the weight they are experiencing today. The lives of 327 million people in their hands. The decisions they make and do not make can cost lives and change the way we live forever. The pressure and responsibility placed on our nation’s leaders have not been this great or this public in a long time. I think it is safe to say that you couldn’t pay me enough money to be in their shoes. They feel the weight, I’m sure.

In the middle of all this, there is still political strife, name-calling, backbiting, and hatefulness. As brothers and sisters, we can disagree with what we think about the President and how he is doing. We can have different views of the political situations going on in our nation. We can hold to our political affiliation, whether that be republican, independent, or democrat, and “agree to disagree.” But our society is in an unprecedented war—the outcome is in the hands of the leaders who serve this country today. I have to believe with all my heart that there isn’t a single leader serving our nation today, including the President, that wants—or desires—to see another person get sick or die in this war. I have to believe and hope that they are doing their very best with all the technology and resources they have at their disposal to take care of the American people and to fight this enemy. I have to trust that our best interest is in their hearts and minds as they lead and serve the people of this country.

Brothers and sisters—no matter who is serving as President or who is sitting in congress, Jesus is still Lord, and he is King! Our great God still sits on the throne! He is sovereign, and not a single thing will happen that is out of his control. No matter what comes of this war, God will use it for his good, he will always be with us, he will provide for us, and in the end, he will receive all the glory and honor! 

As Christ-followers, we need to be united in prayer! No matter where you stand politically or how you feel about the current leaders, we need to join in prayer for our President, our nation’s leaders, and the leaders of the world. We need to pray for supernatural strength and endurance for our leaders. We need to pray that God will fill our leaders with his wisdom and guidance. We need to pray that the decisions our leaders make are void of pride and selfishness. We need to pray that our leaders work together for the common good of the people of our country! We need to pray that our leaders will be encouraged and reminded that we are behind them. We need to pray that our leaders seek God’s counsel and hear his wisdom. We need to pray together! “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Eph. 6:18)

Will you empty yourself of all your positions and opinions long enough to pray for our country’s leaders genuinely? Will you put down your political agenda for just a few moments to be unified in one voice to the Father who hears our cries? Will you pray?

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