When Leaders Pray: The Power of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation

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The Lord Jesus Christ himself had much to say concerning prayer. It’s one of the most important yet neglected aspects of Christian service.

Prayer is more than just a mechanicalized routine of busy times. It’s intimate, personal communication with the living God that dwells in Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ himself even said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7)

Prayer is more than just a mechanicalized routine of busy times. It’s intimate, personal communication with the living God that dwells in Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ himself even said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7)

So we as Christians who trust in God’s powerful word have assurance not only in our God but also in the power of prayer. As Oklahomans continue to battle the Coronavirus, they can be confident knowing they have strong leadership in the governor’s mansion. On Dec. 3, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt declared that it would be a day of prayer and fasting for Oklahoma’s state.

“Oklahomans have always turned to prayer to guide us through trials and seasons of uncertainty, and I am asking Oklahomans of all faiths and religious backgrounds to join together with me on Thursday,” he said. “I believe we must continue to ask God to heal those who are sick, comfort those who are hurting and provide renewed strength and wisdom to all who are managing the effects of COVID-19.”

Instead of forcing shutdowns and attempting to be unconstitutional dictators like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo or California’s Gavin Newsome, Stitt is setting a true example in this writer’s opinion.

I want to give you an idea to show you the influence of appropriate leadership when trusting in prayer and fasting.

Around 263,434 Oklahomans have been impacted by the respiratory virus. Yet, 2,218 have died from it. That’s less than 0.009 percent. When you look at Democratic-run states such as New York, their number of cases and deaths are much higher — even amid total shutdowns. Five percent of the 700,000 cases in New York have died from Coronavirus. Unfortunately, they have no faith in God or leadership in times of crisis.

During times of trouble, adversity, discomfort and discouragement, the people in Oklahoma have faith in a God who can deliver and a governor who isn’t afraid of calling upon the throne room of grace. All of America need this now. Why? We have a God who can save. A merciful God, a powerful God and a Holy God.

The truth of that matter is that most residents in the state of Oklahoma are recovering from the virus. Amid a global pandemic, the state of Oklahoma has set an example using the weapon of prayer. When our leaders pray and fast — it not only invites God into our trials — it also unifies us as a nation.

By Chris Welch

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