Saturday, we wrapped up our whirlwind tour to rally prayer for our nation's local, state, and national government.
Our strategy this year, was to engage with churches, delegates, and governmental leaders in Cleveland at the RNC, and in Philadelphia at the DNC. What an amazing and fruitful opportunity to see God at work!
Saturday, was also the 60th anniversary of our national motto, 'In God We Trust' being established into law. Thirteen of us, one for each of the original colonies, prayed in front of the stained glass image of our first president, George Washington, kneeling and praying to God. If you look closely, you will see that the window has our national seal, and the words, "This Nation Under God".
We ended our time of prayer, reading through the verses of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Let me encourage you to look up the lyrics and make it your prayer today . . . "His truth is marching on" regardless of those who choose to ignore it.
Praying in Baltimore at Ft. McHenry
The lyrics of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, were penned on September 14, 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships in Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the American victory.
The last verse is especially poignant, in light of our culture's recent obsession with rewriting our nation's history - fortunately for America, their untruths will never prevail, and He will always remain!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand, between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land, praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave, o're the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Even though the national party conventions are over, we are still continuing to pray! Today, we were blessed with the opportunity to make a stop at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg!
Don't forget that most of the people who work in local, state, and national government aren't people that you see on the news. They are people who serve behind the scenes in support roles. Don't forget to pray for them!
Even though our week in Philadelphia is coming to an end, we have seen God move in amazing ways! Many prayers have offered up for those in local, state and national government.
As we drove the streets with the bus, and walked around to pray with people, we met people like Nick, an Iraqi war veteran struggling with PTSD, who gave his life to Jesus as we prayed.
As you go about your business today, remember to pray with and for those right around you in YOUR own community!
Got to pray with several of Philadelphia's finest! At lunch, we prayed for three motorcycle officers, Andy, Jack, and Billy. Jack was their captain, and asked that we ask YOU to pray for safety.
With all of the extra traffic in the city, they are at more risk than usual. They also asked us to pray for one of their fellow officers who was hurt when in an accident earlier.
Praying in the city of Philadelphia today! Please join us as we pray for those attending the Democratic National Convention. This is not a platform for politics, but a process of crying out for God's mercy, and for an outpouring of the Spirit of God upon this convention and this city. Pray!
Praying through the City of Pittsburgh - Between the two national party conventions, we have had a couple of days to engage and pray for government in other cities enroute to Philadelphia. Friday, we prayed for the city and county government leaders in Pittsburgh. And at one stop we prayed for two state park rangers and two workers, Jess, Cole, Tony, and Andy. They have the responsibility of maintaining the beautiful Point State Park grounds and fountain.
We often forget that government is not just made up of elected leaders, but also city, state, and national government workers - 22 million of them in fact. Jess and Andy shared that their greatest prayer needs, we're not issues that often reach the headlines, they were simply for resources to do their jobs well. And that's what we prayed for them.
The next time you are out in your community, look around and engage with the 'Public Servants' who we often don't acknowledge and pray for them . . . that is how transformation begins.