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National Pride and Intercessory Prayer

Last Friday, as a Citizen of Patrol (COPS), I drove through my neighborhood, and noticed a small American flag on the curb of every home. It was, after all, the 4th of July. So, you ask, “Do you live in a neighborhood of all red-blooded Americans?” No, actually we have neighbors who were born in other lands, and in fact, may not even have U.S. citizenship yet. In fact, like me, they may even be upset with this country occasionally. But on this day, this day of our independence, they allowed the Neighborhood Association to place a flag on their property as we all celebrated, and as some of us followed the exhortation of the Apostle Paul to Timothy: “Therefore I exhort first of all 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). I wonder what American would be like if we prayed more and criticized less. Oh, I’ve got my list of issues, as we all do, but this I know: (and I have only been in fifty-six other nations, so I am by no means of measurement, an expert on the conditions of the world), every time I’m on an airplane that lands on American soil from another country, I breathe a deep sigh - Home! So, last Friday, I had Bar B.Q., beans, and sweet tea for lunch; wore red, white & blue; placed my hat over my heart for The National Anthem at a baseball game; ate a hot dog; enjoyed a root beer float; watched fireworks; and felt pride. So, my fellow Americans, whether you were born here, enjoy the privilege of living here, or live in another country with an American citizenship, I hope you felt pride last Friday. And I hope you’ll intercede for our leaders today.

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