Importance of Prayer (1 of 4) by Stephen Whitney
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Series: I Timothy
I Timothy 2:1-7
In June 2009, 95-year-old Emma Gray died. For over 20 years, she had been the cleaning lady in a big house. Each night as she did her work, she prayed for blessings, wisdom and safety of the man she worked for.
Although Emma worked in the same place for 24 years, the occupants of the residence changed every 4 or 8 years. Over the years she worked in the White House Emma offered her nightly prayers for six United States Presidents: Dwight Eisenhower,
John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
and Jimmy Carter.
She had her personal favorites, but she prayed for them all. She followed the instruction in II Timothy 2:2 to pray for "all who are in authority." Who knows how God used Emma's faithful prayers over the years for six of our Presidents?
In his book THE PRESIDENCY Hugh Sidney wrote, "John F. Kennedy's regular attendance at Mass and his skillful use of Scripture in his orations seemed in his campaign and early months
of his Presidency designed more to please the voters than himself.
But after the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin crunch and the Cuban missile crisis, anyone close to Kennedy could detect a change in his views of spiritual matters. He became less public and more private about them.
On one of those quiet evenings in the Oval Office when the day's clamor had faded, not long before he was killed, he sat behind his desk and for a few seconds gazed through the bullet-proof windows. Then he nodded an admission that God was more important in the scheme of things than he at one time sensed.
But when asked to talk about it he refused. That, he said, was
something he intended to keep to himself."
Prov. 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord,
like rivers of water; He turns it wherever he wishes.
PRIORITY OF PRAYER :1-2
The most important thing that we can do to bring others to know the truth ...
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