Prayer for leadership

Tennyson observed, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain for me night and day.”

So why aren’t more people praying and fewer posturing? Maybe they believe criticism raises more money for their organizations than prayer. Perhaps, but do they achieve their stated objectives?

Bill Clinton’s public policies should be critiqued. But … the chances of his doing the right thing are improved when he knows that people are praying for him.

Cal Thomas in the Tampa

Tribune-Times (Jan. 17, 1993)

Now what, God?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew’s devastation, as my grandson, Stephan—Nelson, was working night and day helping the survivors to get water and food, he noticed a sign on the roof of one house which read: “Okay, God. You’ve got our attention. Now what?”

I see storms of apocalyptic proportions on the horizon. God is beginning to get our attention. Now what?

Billy Graham in

Storm Warning

Meeting needs or meeting God?

As the church today gets more and more hip—more and more need-oriented, responding to the buttons that people push in their pews—I find myself longing for more of a historical faith. I find myself not wanting to have everything explained to me in simple terms.…

I’m not even sure I want all my needs met as much as I want to meet God, and sometimes I wonder if he’s really interested in the noise of our contemporary clamoring. Like my dog who can’t seem to get anywhere because he keeps having to stop and scratch his fleas, I wonder if we are so busy scratching where everybody itches that we aren’t taking anybody anywhere significant.

John Fischer in “Longing for Something Old” (Covenant Companion, Oct. 1992)

The wisdom of foresight

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