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March 2, 2010

The President and Prayer

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

The President recently addressed the National Prayer Breakfast. There were many groups that requested he not appear at the event. Yet, like previous Presidents, he delivered a message to the attendees and the American public.

 I did not hear the address live, but sought to see it by video and read the manuscript. I was particularly interested because of a report I heard on a television program. The report was that the President spoke of prayer being a private matter. The twist on his remarks implied that he was de-emphasizing public prayer. I did read not or hear any evidence of that. I am not defending the President, but I condemn unfair reporting.

 I believe the President’s remarks were very appropriate and encouraging. His sincerity is not to be questioned or judged, but I take the words at that Prayer Breakfast at face value. I especially appreciated certain remarks he made. “There is, of course, a need for prayer even in times of joy and peace and prosperity. Perhaps especially in such times prayer is needed – to guard against pride and to guard against complacency. But rightly or wrongly, most of us are inclined to seek out the divine not in a moment the Lord makes His face shine upon us, but in moments when God’s grace can seem farthest away.”

Such a statement is certainly reflective of the Word of God. We have been instructed to pray on all occasions (Ephesians 6:18). It is not just in the difficult times, but even in the good times, we are to pray. I believe that is what the President was saying. Whether I agree with his polices or not, I appreciate his appearance at the breakfast in spite of protest, and I appreciate his address.

 Prayer is critical to our nation. I applaud any President who will openly acknowledge the importance of prayer in his personal life and the administration of his office. All this has reminded me of past years when I had the privilege to be a guest in the White House and the Oval Office. Following a meeting with the President, I had the privilege to spend some time in the White House. Later in the afternoon, with my host, we were at the elevator that would provide service for the President and his family to their living area, known as the mansion, in the White House. The President had come across from the Oval Office to go upstairs. As we visited for a few minutes, the President sat on the steps and began to talk about prayer. He gave testimony of the importance of prayer in his personal life, and how he prayed concerning the events and situations he faced each day. Oh, that prayer would be a priority in the life of each President!

 But prayer is equally important in our daily lives. Let us not just rush to God in those moments of crisis, but likewise in every moment of our lives. Prayer is that which can handcuff us to God. It is impossible to walk with Him without being in a constant spirit of prayer.

 “Pray continually.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:17)





  1. I appreciate your fair rendering of this. Sometimes we throw out any good of the man when we think his policies are bad. But, you must tell which President you met and why!! Perhaps an upcoming blog?!

    Comment by jjr — March 2, 2010 @ 11:16 am | Reply

  2. Thank you so much for this beautiful word on prayer…I appreciate Jennifer posting on her facebook that you had written this…love the “handcuffed in prayer” to God to walk with Him I will keep this in mind?

    Comment by Pamela Nipper — March 2, 2010 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  3. It was very refreshing to read your post today. I have only heard negative things about this President, and it is really good to hear that he is a man of prayer. And, you are all too correct that we don’t have to believe in his policies or positions, but we should not be judgemental of him either.

    I believe that God wants us to pray for our President and his administration. God is the One ultimately in charge, and God is the only One who can change any man/woman’s heart. Thus, harsh and critial words really do nothing more than cause pain to others, and I know that is not how God wants us to treat any of His children regardless of their policitical views.

    Thank you for sharing this about our President. I really did not know this.

    Comment by Tina Marie Olson — March 2, 2010 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

  4. Thank you for your fairness in reporting this event. I feel the President’s prayer breakfasts are very crucial to our country. His words, as you have reported them, are good and reassuring that He is seeking God’s guidance. A president must walk with the Heavenly Father and consult His advice and direction for America or we are doomed for more misery. (2 Chronicles 7:14-15)
    I have enjoyed Jennifer’s books, and am looking forward to the next one coming. Now that I’ve found this blog, I’ll be checking back often. Thanks!

    Comment by Pearl Rogers — March 2, 2010 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  5. Thank you Pastor Jolly for your reminder. It is way too easy to find fault in others, but our government leaders are to be lifted up in prayer. I believe that is what God wants us to do. God can do good through anyone. I do have the President and other government officials on my prayer list, but it is so easy to find fault (judging) and it is totally God’s responsibility to do so. Doris

    Comment by drswht28 — May 1, 2015 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

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