Gulf Coast governors call for Day of Prayer
    June 25 2010 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Four Gulf Coast governors are calling on residents to set aside Sunday as a Day of Prayer to pray for a solution to the oil spill and for citizens impacted by the disaster.

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife photo

    Biologists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries treat a pelican who was covered in oil. It was dubbed the “governor’s bird” because it was discovered by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s staff as he toured the Grand Isle area.

    Alabama’s Bob Riley, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour and Texas’ Rick Perry all issued proclamations calling on prayer for the spill, which entered its 67th day today.

    “Throughout our history, Alabamians have humbly turned to God to ask for His blessings and to hold us steady during times of struggle. This is certainly one of those times,” Riley said in a statement.

    Riley’s proclamation reads in part, “Citizens of Alabama are urged to pray for the well-being of our fellow citizens and our State, to pray for all those in other states who are hurt by this disaster, to pray for those who are working to respond to this crisis, and to pray that a solution that stops the oil leak is completed soon.”

    Perry’s proclamation says it “seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join with their fellow Gulf Coast residents” and others across the country and around the world “to thank God, seek his wisdom for ourselves and our leaders, and ask him for his merciful intervention and healing in this time of crisis.”

    Barbour’s notes that the spill threatens the “livelihoods of our fellow citizens, the environmental beauty of our coast, and our quality of life.”

    Jindals’s says “Louisianians all across the world are united in hope for an end to this catastrophic event and pray for” the coast’s recovery.

    Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting in Orlando, Fla., June 16 passed a resolution calling on churches and Christians “to pray for the end of this catastrophe and for the homes, lives, cultures, and livelihoods of those in the Gulf Coast region.”

    The resolution also made a statement regarding the environment, asserting, “Our God-given dominion over the creation is not unlimited, as though we were gods and not creatures.”

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Foust is an assistant editor of Baptist Press.)
    6/25/2010 2:29:00 AM by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

Dr. James Willingham
Ah! Prayer, a painful,agonizing, pouring forth of our desires, good and bad, before the Lord, pleading for His mercy and grace to help in our times of extreme need, need that no human wherewithal can truly meet. The times in which we live call for extraordinary prayer efforts. Much like that which was in the launching of th Great Century of Missions, ours must petition a Sovereign, seemingly reluctant God, like Jesus who was silent to the woman of Canaan, then unreceptive due to his own prescribed course (the lost sheep of the house of Israel), and, finally, repulsive at first and not very funny in his use of an epithet of racial terminology in that day, "It is not meet (proper, fitting), to cast the childen's bread to little dogs." The one saving grace in His comment was that he did not use the term for the savage wild dogs of the streets. Instead, he used the term for house pets, the little dogs tolerated in the house for the children's sake. The woman latched on to that term and used it to appeal to Jesus, "Yes, Jesus, I am a little dog, willing to eat the crumbs that fall from the children's table, and just one of your tinest crumbs of favor will meet all of my needs." And Jesus marvelled, saying she had great faith. We need to so plead in this day and time for a crumb from Heaven's tableland. Just one little bitty crumb, microscopic in size, a gospel nano, if you will, will more than meet the needs of the whole earth. If the atom by fission or fusion can unleash so much destructive power, imagine what an infinitesimal amount of Gospel power and reality can do for our whole world in every area of life.
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