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Pray for America

CBN.com -- These daily ByLines reach people around the world through radio, television, and the Internet. Several weeks ago, our TV crew and I spent two days taping ByLine programs in Washington, D.C. The National Parks Department gave us permission to tape at Mount Vernon--one of my favorite spots on this planet, Ford's Theater, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the White House, and other key venues in our nation's capitol. Every American should spend time in this great city.

Despite having been in Washington, D.C., many times, I spent considerable effort in researching each site before our taping. Each place filled me with great joy and pride at being an American. My friend, it is no secret that we have many flaws in our society, but I have been to 60 nations and it is my opinion that no place -- at least where I have been -- even comes close to the United States.

This statement is in no way a put-down of these other nations. They were a delight to me, but I thank God for the United States. Thank God for our leaders. Do you know that the Bible commands us to pray for those in authority over us? Yes, I know that there are some folks who have real problems with authority. That is their flaw, not America's.

Whether local, state or national, Christians need to pray for our leaders. It is easy to criticize; many make their living at it while others just do it for free. How would you live if you walked in the shoes of those who must make such crucial decisions day after day? God bless them, every single one. Again, thank God for America!

Used with permission by author, Dan Betzer. Previously published on ByLine OnLine, copyright © 2005 Media Ministries of the Assemblies of God.

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