God has power to intercede on behalf of devoted

Prayers should include thoughts of president

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2003

Friday morning, Feb. 14, as I was studying, I came across a Scripture in Job 38:22.

Now, I have read the book of Job a few times , but never had this Scripture stood out to me like it did on this day.

Here is God, talking to Job: "Have you entered into the treasures (storehouses) of the snow, or seen the treasures (storehouses) of the hail. Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?

Wow! I thought to myself, getting excited, "Does God really reserve the snow and hail?"

Sharing this with others, we decided to use this Scripture, along with many others when praying for our nation. The following Sunday night the thought hit me. The next day would be President's Day.

What better day would the terrorists choose if they planned to destroy our president?

We began to pray more earnestly.

Then Monday evening, as we listened to the weather report we learned of the huge snow storm back East. It was thought to be the most snow ever to be recorded in history in Washington, D.C.

Was this just a coincidence, or did we see the hand of God move on the behalf of our nation?

Think about it. I strongly believe the latter.

I began to look up other instances in the Bible where God used the weather to intervene for his people.

In Joshua 10:11, the Amorites were coming against Gibeon and they sought Joshua for help. Urgently they pleaded to this man whose name means "the Lord saves."

Joshua and his army attacked and the Amorites fled. And as they fled from Israel and were going down to Bethhoron, the Lord cast down great hailstones from heaven upon them.

More died from hailstones than from the swords of the children of Israel.

We read in Exodus 14: When the children of Israel were fleeing from Pharaoh and his army, God sent a strong east wind and dried up the Red Sea and the children of Israel crossed over on dry ground.

As Pharaoh pursued them, the waters again covered the sea and Pharaoh and his army were drowned.

In 1 Samuel 7 we read where the Philistines were attacking Israel, but the Lord thundered with a great thunder upon the Philistines and discomfited them and they were smitten before Israel.

We have a lady in our church who always requests a prayer for our president. One young man I know, 5-year-old Matthew Hinkle, prays at each meal, "God bless George W. Bush."

I received an e-mail stating that Max Lucado was invited to a dinner by Bush along with several well-known ministers of the gospel.

They remarked on how refreshed he looked. He is quoted to have replied, "I am feeling stronger now than I have ever felt in my life, and I know the reason is because the people all over America are praying for me."

They then asked him how we should pray and he asked for prayer for clarity of mind so he would be able to make wise decisions and for prayer for the safety of his wife and children.

Let us remember to pray for our president, our nation, our soldiers and for one another.

Keep our thoughts on promises from our God and guard our hearts from fear. Let us pray with confidence in a living God.

We have troops willing to fight for our nation. We also are troops and we must be willing to spend time in prayer, keeping our armor on as we are encouraged to do in Ephesians 6.

Together we can be victorious.

Pat Knowles attends the Birch Ridge Community Church in Soldotna. Services are held at the Soldotna Senior Center on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is a study evening Sunday at 6 p.m. Cameron Dockery is the pastor.

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