Diocesan Prayer Day: Led By Bishop Felix
Every first Wednesday of the month
A Message From Bishop Felix Orji: Prayer for Christians, our President and all Political Leaders, Our Nation and Our Diocese.
October 5, 2020
“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Our nation continues to experience massive unrest due to its present tendency to disregard the pursuit of truth and compassion. The consequences of this trend are confusion, fear, suspicion, ill-will, violence, and uncertainty. To my dismay, many Christians have become complicit in this malady.
If you are truly a regenerate Christian, as all Christians should be, your lives would have be changed by the Holy Spirit for the better when your turned to Christ. As a true believer your life will be marked by kindness, gentleness, self-control, mercy, generosity, peace-making, joy, hope, patience, humility, and love for God and your neighbor. You will eschew violence by the left and the right of our political spectrum. This is why something is terribly wrong with your Christian lives if you ignore the violence, bigotry, and prejudice in your own political and social camps while condemning it in your enemy’s camps. Something is wrong with your Christian life if you permit it to be characterized by craftiness, self-centeredness, pride, deceit, lying, and/or hatred of others.
Something is terribly wrong with a Christian who wishes evil for his/her enemies. For example, Christians who wish President Trump dead, or hope Joe Biden contracts the coronavirus, need to examine themselves to see if they are actually genuine regenerate Christians. If you wish your enemy dead, you need to repent of your sin and ask God for forgiveness.
This Wednesday is our Diocesan Day of Prayer. I, therefore, call upon this Diocese to pray for the healing of our President, Donald J. Trump, and for the protection of all political candidates, including Joe Biden, and their respective running mates. Pray for a safe national election, trusting God to give us a President who will lead our nation in accordance with the will and providence of God. The bills tells us to pray for our leaders irrespective of your political leanings- in the first century the political leaders were blood-thirst, anti-Christ oppressive despots. Here is Paul’s guidance to the church living in an oppressive society :
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”( 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Pray also that the Lord will help us, both as individuals and as a nation, to repent of our sins and to pursue righteousness, compassion, peace, love, and truth. To this end, please find attached to this message a Litany of Repentance adapted by Venerable Layne Hansen, the Dean of our historic Diocesan Cathedral, St. Francis Cathedral in El Paso. I commend it for use during your church services and/or family/private devotions.
Finally, pray for our Diocese that the Lord will in his mercy grant us his power and financial provision; and that his Word will be proclaimed and heard by all the Speakers and participants during our Diocesan Synod coming up on October 23-24. Believing, preaching, and obeying the Word of God is the way God revives us and meets our needs as Christians and as nations. There is no other way around it. As Dr Robert Godfrey reminds us, “The only way to reform the church is to keep studying the Word of God, to keep coming back to the Word of God, to keep looking at the Word of God, and then trying to live out the Word of God.”