Friday, February 3, 2017

Separating the Wheat From the Chaff

The live stream of the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday was interesting, to say the least, as were President Trump's comments. My heart did not swell with pride over all his words, but sometimes you have to separate the wheat from the chaff. That's what I've tried to do. 

There was profound truth in the midst of President Trump's speech, and I've transcribed those sections verbatim. I think they're worth reviewing.

"Five words that never fail to touch my heart: 'I am praying for you.'" 

"America is a nation of believers. In towns all across our land, it's plain to see what we easily forget. So easily we forget this. That the quality of our lives is not defined by our material success but by our spiritual success..." 

"We are not just flesh, and bone, and blood. We are human beings with souls. Our republic was formed on the basis that freedom is not a gift from government, but that freedom is a gift from God."

"It may not be pretty for a while..."

"As long as we have God, we are never, ever alone. Whether it's the soldier on the night watch or the single parent on the night shift, God will always give us solace, and strength, and comfort. We need to carry on and to keep carrying on. For us here in Washington, we must never ever stop asking God for the wisdom to serve the public according to His will..."

Read those excerpts aloud. Our current president said those words, and I'm stunned to hear them. Well done, Speech Writer. Well done, Mr. President.

"The quality of our lives is not defined by material success..." Those are wise words coming from a billionaire. They're words we all need to remember.

"Freedom is a gift from God... we must never ever stop asking God for the wisdom to serve... according to His will..."

Today, let's skip the rhetoric, backbiting, and arguing. Instead, let's grasp the wheat amid the chaff, savor the richness of our lives, and do the one thing that will make a difference. 

Pray for our President. 

Pray for our leaders. 

Pray for our nation.

Pray for wisdom to serve according to God's will.

Remember, our prayers do more than touch the heart of the president. Our prayers touch the heart of the King of Kings, Almighty God Himself, and they do make a difference.

"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19 niv
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In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: That Surprising Moment When You Get What You Asked For 

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