Prayer in the Mississippi Senate

Yesterday I was invited to lead the opening prayer for The Mississippi Senate. And I am glad that this practice is still observed. However, I was questioned by several about how and why this was legal and allowed. Back in 2014 the U.S, Supreme Court upheld the right for local and State governmental bodies to do so, even if they may be biased toward Christian beliefs, or any other religious group that is invited to pray. In my position as a pastor, I truly try to avoid publicly commenting on social or political issues because I know that someone will probably be offended by my views when they differ from their own. But, this seems different to me because I feel that everyone, whether they hold Christian beliefs or other wise, should be praying for our governing bodies. As Christians we are called to support our government. In Matthew and Mark we see where the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus by asking Him about paying taxes. Jesus replied that we should “give Caesar what is his and give God what is His.” Rather than be critical of what we see our government doing, why not be proactive in prayer instead? If our genuine prayers of concern for the government and individuals are answered, our world would be a much better place. So yes, I prayed for the Senate and all other elected officials asking God to give them the wisdom, integrity, and discernment in every decision they make to help those in need and make our country stronger. It may be a cliché, but I do believe that prayer changes things.