Friday, May 8, 2009

A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER


The first Thursday of May is always our National Day of Prayer across America. Yesterday, I gathered with a number of pastors and city leaders at the Jacksonville City Council Chambers to call on the God of heaven for our City, State, and Nation. America so desperately needs 
return to the precepts of God. 

Mike and Dana Hammontree, our church worship leaders, and Chad, their oldest son, led in singing and did a fabulous job. They are gifted singers with hearts of worship that glorify God. 

As part of my prayer, I included the words of David in Psalm 19. It reads:

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, 
       reviving the soul. 
       The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, 
       making wise the simple.

 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, 
       giving joy to the heart. 
       The commands of the LORD are radiant, 
       giving light to the eyes.

 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, 
       enduring forever. 
       The ordinances of the LORD are sure 
       and altogether righteous.

 10 They are more precious than gold, 
       than much pure gold; 
       they are sweeter than honey, 
       than honey from the comb.

The words perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, enduring, sure, and precious as gold are used to describe the laws and precepts of God. You can get any better than perfect, right, radiant, pure, and gold. 

Who wants to drink impure water? Who wants to eat food that is not right? Who would chose sand, or cheap minerals over gold? Chosing anything less than the laws of the Lord is even worse than impure water or food.

That is why I choose God and His laws. The Judeo Christian ethic is the proven best way to govern, live, and thrive over all other world systems. You just can't improve on living God's way. Anyone ready to move to Cuba, Russia, Africa, Mexico, or even Europe? I don't think so.

I have visited Cuba twice as well as other countries that do not honor God. I couldn't wait to get back to America. I wanted to kiss the ground as I got off the airplane.

I also was involved in a united prayer time at the Fair Grounds in the evening. I led in prayer for America. Most of all, we need to pray daily for God to heal our land, for righteousness to prevail, and for a return to the laws of God. 

You can't improve on God's laws. They are perfect, trustworthy, right, sure, radiant, pure, and precious. 

May God bless America again.

Below, is a video of a small part of my prayer Thursday evening.

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2 comments:

  1. Milton,
    Just watching the short clip I could feel the presence of God. I wish I would have gone.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Amen, brother! If only... What is happening in our country is more frightening than I could have imagined. We are imploding. May God change our hearts!

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