On prayer, a president and a poll

Even if you don’t like President Obama, perhaps you will find his words about prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning to be inspiring.

I am trying to be a better pray-er. One of my resolutions this year was to start each day with prayer. I’ve created a prayer journal (that I am actually using!). I’m reading “A Woman’s Call to Prayer” with my book club. Improving my communication skills with other human beings is a lifetime project, so I expect no less effort is required in improving my communication skills with the Creator. But I am working on it, slowly but surely.

So this morning, as I was running on the treadmill without my headphones, which I managed to forget to bring to the gym, I had to read Obama’s remarks on the closed-captioning on the TV, rather than hear them. But perhaps they were sinking in better for me that way.

He mentioned many topics, including Haiti and health care, but about prayer specifically, he said:

“For while prayer can buck us up when we are down, keep us calm in a storm; while prayer can stiffen our spines to surmount an obstacle — and I assure you I’m praying a lot these days — prayer can also do something else.  It can touch our hearts with humility.  It can fill us with a spirit of brotherhood.  It can remind us that each of us are children of an awesome and loving God.”

Indeed. Love that sentiment.

If you want to read his whole speech, try this website:


And if you have a thought about prayer, or Obama or Obama’s remarks on prayer, or something else, please comment. But be civil. As Obama said this morning, “Civility also requires relearning how to disagree without being disagreeable.”

2 responses to “On prayer, a president and a poll

  1. Had to check the first option..but the key words are ‘just about everything’. President Obama is just a man whom God has set over America’s government.

    “Da 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.”

    President Obama is a ‘voice’ of authority. But he is not the Shepherd, Redeemer, Christ who rules the Kingdom of God. As far as political parties go, I am a Democrat..for reasons having NOTHING to do with abortion and gay marriage. Those two things are the only things cited when Conservative discuss so-called ‘liberals.’ But the Democrat philosophy is ‘generous’ to the needy of our nation…and around the world. It supports the rights of the ‘laborer’ as well as the rights of the ’employer.’ Both are essential to the success of interprise. It initiated educational programs for the mentally disabled (Head Start). There are no policies which will appease all. Abortion is ‘legal’ within man’s government. But man is not COMPELLED to make use of its freedom. And I can understand some instances where abortion might be understood e.g. the nine-year old impregnated by her father and carrying twins. Death was likely for this child without an abortion. We can’t even see what is in our own heart. Only God KNOWS a heart.

    Obama supports abortion. I do not. Gay lifestyle is clearnly condemned by scripture. I do not condon homosexuality. It is a blot on our society…as it was in Sodom and many other places. But I have a FULL TIME job, before God, in getting the splinters out of my own eye. I have to leave the eyes of all others to God as well. Removing splinters from eyes requires expertise far above what I possess :smile:.

    Good post. Thanks.


  2. I voted for Obama and think he is doing the best he can with what he’s got. I don’t agree with every component of the proposed Health Care bill but I do think we need Health Care reform. I likd that he went to the Republicans retreat and is trying to find some common ground. I think for real change to happen in American…both parties will have to make some compromises. And to you super-conservative, “right-wingers”…I don’t think Obama is the “anti-Christ”.

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