Good morning, Lord Jesus. I speak out Your name and listen for Your voice as I worship and wait in the communion of prayer.  ...

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity" (1 Timothy 2:1-2). 

I turned on the TV earlier and President Trump in a speech he was giving somewhere declared the motto of our nation "In God we trust." Regardless of political persuasion, love him or hate him, his presidential proclamations from his position of governmental authority have spiritual significance for our nation.

May the motto of our nation become an authentic expression of the people of our land, in humility and honor, in faithfulness and obedience before You, O God. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their heart individually; He considers all their works. No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You" (Psalm 33:12-22).

And Lord, let the motto of our nation be the motto of my heart. By grace and in faith, may I trust in You and Your holy name. Forgive me for when I'm tempted to trust in myself or anything less than Your will as my destiny and Your Word as my authority. Give me a holy fear of the Lord to honor You and a holy love of the Lord to trust You. For me and for my nation, may You always be "our help and our shield," for in God we trust. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

My family, I pray you trust in the Lord with all your heart, leaning not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledging Him and trusting His to direct your paths--for you and for our nation, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same of me. God bless you, my friends! 

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Gary Liederbach- Lead Follower

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