September 8, 2011

GOP Wants You To Pray For The President


One of my most cherished children's books is from Tommy Nelson the children's imprint of faith-oriented publisher Thomas Nelson. It's The Presidential Prayer Team's Kids Who Pray for the U.S.A.

It's a heartwarming and inspiring guide to teaching your child to follow God's will by praying for the President of the United States. First published in 2003, it gives helpful prayer ideas such as "Ask God to protect the President and keep him safe at all times." and "Ask God to help the President as he leads our country, especially about things like the economy and even going to war."

Then there's a great quiz, titled,

Why should we pray for the President?
a. Because the Bible tells us to in I Timothy 2:1-3
b. Because it's a way we can help our country.
c. Because it makes God happy.
But it's really a trick quiz, see, because, get this: All three answers are right! "God is happy when we pray for those who lead us because He has chosen them."

I know some of you are saying, "But wait, I thought Clarence Thomas chose George Bush, and Dick Cheney chose himself." But that's just political thinking on your part.

As it makes clear on the title page, The Presidential Prayer Team is non-partisan and unaffiliated with any political party, making it "free and unencumbered to equally serve the prayer needs of all current and future leaders of our great nation."

Inexplicably, though, the book was taken out of print, the images deleted from the publisher's website, and there are none to be had, even used, on Amazon. Good thing I came across an entire box of them in the summer of 2009, while thrifting at the Goodwill on Emerald Isle, NC.

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