Vol. 6, No. 9
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On January 13, 1957, President Harry S. Truman said: "I've got the most awful responsibility a man ever had." Great leaders feel the weight of their responsibility. King Solomon prayed for "an understanding heart" (1 Kings 3:9). His responsibility seemed so overwhelming that he asked, "Who is able to judge this great people..." (1 Kings 3:9). He recognized, as do all great leaders, that it is by wisdom that "kings reign, and rulers decree justice" (Proverbs 8:15), and by wisdom "princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth" (Proverbs 8:16).
Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to God in each of his inaugural addresses. In his fourth, and last, he stated: "So we pray to Him now for the vision to see our way clearly..." Dwight D. Eisenhower began his first inaugural address with the following prayer: "Almighty God...give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race, or calling."
Paul enjoined "that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority... (1 Timothy 2:1-2). As George Walker Bush serves as the 43rd President of the United States of America may he, and we, rely on God. Mr. President, we are praying for you. May God bless America!