As I was in my 2nd mile today I was thinking about my prayer time this morning. Often, more often than I care to admit, prayer is an exercise of need rather than want. I need, or I should spend so many minutes a day in prayer. Yet I want to approach communing with my Savior out of want or desire, but, alas, more often it's need. I felt this acutely this morning as I laid out before the LORD my misgivings about the election. Slowly, yet surely, my mind and heart were transformed the longer I labored in prayer - from bitterness and resentment to compassion, concern and care as I contemplated President-elect Obama's life to come and the future of our nation.
This man and his family will be facing massive alterations to their lifestyle and their privacy.
I prayed that he and Michelle's marriage would hold the highest priority, that each would keep short accounts with one another, that they prefer one another, that much grace and forgiveness would fill their relationship.
I prayed that their daughters would be protected from evil, harsh and malicious words, that their parent's love would grow, that they would be filled with grace for their parents and learn to voice their needs and not hide from their loving parents - especially as they face the tween and teen years in the White House.
I prayed for President Obama to lean on the Lord, to understand it is God who is sovereign over the nations - even ours. I prayed he would surround himself with wise counsel who also acknowledge the Creator as the most wise and providential of givers. I prayed he would relish the opinion of those contrary to his - as iron sharpens iron - he would look to others for their points of view (a bit of a selfish prayer but I think necessary for one leading a nation).I prayed for those around him - for their egos and self-interest to be made apparent to themselves and President-elect Obama. Once recognized self-interest would be dealt with and the only motivation driving his administration would be for the health and welfare of this country.I prayed he would see the nations with wisdom and compassion. I prayed he would gain foresight and ability to look at implications - what is the long-term effect of policies made.