A wise caution that just might sting: “Perhaps your foundation is a bit more political than biblical, more American than Christian, more earthly-minded than Kingdom of God minded. It’s easy to get stirred up by the news, but it takes prayer to find contentment and trust in God.

A prayerful response: Lord, you understand how easily we get scared, mad, or both. Deliver us from evil. May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. In our weakness, display your great strength, empowering us to fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. We praise you by faith that you are Lord! You reign over all!

You raise up kings and presidents and depose them at your will. We don’t understand such mysteries, yet we know you well enough to trust you. You are our Father in heaven. Abba, Father! You know what we need even before we ask. You so loved this sin-wracked world that you gave your One and Only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.  What love is this, O my soul? What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?