Garriott, Charles M. Obama Prayer: Prayers for the 44th President. Washington, D.C.: Riott Publishing 2011. 96 pp. $18.99. Purchase at Amazon.
Do religion and politics mix? In many quarters they do not. Certainly in my extended family they do not! Charles Garriott, on the other hand, feels that they must mix out of sheer necessity. With many commands throughout the Bible to pray for kings and leaders, we are to apply that to today which means that we are to pray for our president (even if we vehemently disagree with him on most issues). You can learn more about the book at ObamaPrayer.com.
Check out this 2 minute video by the author:
Divided into twelve petitions (chapters), Garriott looks to what the Bible says regarding prayer for leaders. Each chapter begins with a quote from the book of Proverbs and ends with a sample prayer. In between, you will be shown biblically why and how you should pray for the president. You will be challenged to go before the throne of God on behalf of President Obama specifically, but also the office of the President generally for petitions such as direction, wisdom, words, family, mercy, and friends to name a few of the chapters.
Confession time, I was not looking forward to reading or reviewing this book. As a reviewer, it is easy to fall into the trap of judging a book by its cover, title, or subject matter. Quite honestly, I did that on all three accounts with Obama Prayer. What I read was not politically charged rhetoric laced with a good dose of Bible. Rather, I read a book written by a man who 1) believes in the power of prayer and 2) puts his belief to action.
You will not find a political rally cry from either side of the aisle. If you find yourself trying to figure out just where the author lands, you have completely missed the point. This alone makes the case for your needing to read Obama Prayer. It is short. It will take you maybe an hour to read though it will take you much longer to come to grips with what was written.
I think what I liked best about the book is that there never was an appeal to 2 Chron 7:14 which is so often ripped out of its context and crammed down our throats. It was simply an exhortation, based upon Scripture, to be praying specifically for President Obama as the leader of our country. Again, I must confess that I was challenged greatly in not only how I pray for President Obama but the frequency in which I do pray for him.
Pick up your copy today and be challenged to put into action what you claim to believe.