Image Credit: National Day Of Prayer
May 4, 2006 - America, Honor GOD.
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."
- 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)
"Freedom Five" is a commitment to pray daily for our country. Pray for five minutes every day about these five centers of power and cultural influence:
Government - The government establishes and implements policies that have far-reaching consequences. From legislature to judicial to executive, actions and decisions of government can impact an entire society for generations.
Media - The media is the nation's most influential center of power. From news to entertainment, media shapes public attitudes, values and behaviors for good or for evil.
Education - Our schools and universities are our main institutions of learning today. Minds are shaped by the education process and the values communicated to students.
Church - The church is in a position to impact communities for eternity, as well as influence social change. The church is God's instrument and influence in the world.
Family - The family is the most immediate of the five centers of power and is one of America's greatest assets. Family is the most fundamental unit of society where values are formed and communicated every day.
(ht: Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, CA)
Submission to Rulers and Masters
13 - Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 - or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 - For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16 - Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17 - Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
- 1 Peter 2:13-17 (NIV)