Build Kids Patriotism With Prayer

Let's face it: the political climate today from a Christ-followers' standpoint is at worst, terrifying and at best, challenging. Many want to isolate themselves (and their families) in a Christian bubble, hoping to "ride out the storm," while others hope to start a rebellion.

Don't get me wrong; we should stand for Truth, but cannot forget to stand
on Truth as well.

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1 (NIV)

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17:15-19 (NIV, emphasis added)

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:2-4 (NIV)

You can teach kids that one way they can "wage war" is through prayer. Guide them in praying fervently for our country, for our President, and for other leaders. Show them that Jesus is the only place they should place their hope and that He is the only one who represents hope. No leader can replace Him, no matter what the campaign signs and tshirts say. There is no need to fear or panic when the Creator of the world is our source of power.

Need some help with this lesson? Check out the Praying for our Government Leaders Prayer Card.

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