MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Thursday, November 5th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.
MYRNA BROWN, HOST: And I’m Myrna Brown. Next up, prayers for our nation.
Today’s Scripture readings come from Adrienne Varner, Linda Berg, and Lynn Woodman. Then we have Lyle Regier reading a portion of Romans 13, and Lois Kendall rounding it all out with a prayer.
ADRIENNE VARNER: Isaiah 46, verses 8 through 10: Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to hear you rebels, remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times what is still to come, I say, ‘My purpose will stand and I will do all that I please.’
LINDA BERG: Hebrews 10:23—Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
LYNN WOODMAN: Isaiah 41:10—Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
LYLE REGIER: Let everyone submit to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but too bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
LOIS KENDALL: Lord, you are King of kings and Lord of lords. And we are so thankful that you are on your throne in Heaven. We pray that you would turn the hearts of our leaders toward you, that they would be men who love you and obey you and who repent when they’re wrong. We pray that you would help us to get through this election season with wisdom, peace, and even joy. We pray that whatever the results may be that we would know what work needs to be done next, and above all we pray that your will would be done, here on earth as it is in Heaven.