Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Thousands are gathering in Washington D.C. today to pray for the inauguration of the new president of the United States. I know a number of people who will be there and I think it's a good thing, but this reminds me of a story I heard once.
Robert A.Cook, president of The King's College in New York, was speaking at the Moody Bible Institute some years ago. He was saying that the day before, he had been at a gathering in Washington and had talked with Vice President George Bush. And went on to say that he later spoke briefly with President Ronald Reagan.
Then smiling broadly, Cook said, "But that's nothing! Today, I talked with God!"
It's an honor to participate in a gathering for the president-elect, but how much greater an honor is it that the Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, Ruler of all, Perfect in holiness and righteousness, the One and Only completely and totally just, loving, merciful, omnipotent and omnipresent God -- hears our prayers, calls us His children and cares for our every need!
We so often fail to give God the glory He deserves! When we pray our next prayer, let's keep in mind precisely who it is we're talking to! Let's continue to pray for our president and our nation as we transition into this next season.