March 7 – Praying for a Strong Economy: Energy
Energy plays a huge role in the U.S. economy, as American oil and gas provide more than 50% of energy needs for U.S. companies and are subject to possibly the most onerous regulations of any industry. The EPA was responsible for almost half of all new regulations in recent years. One Wall Street Journal article highlighted the insane difficulties of putting a 682 mile natural gas pipeline from western Wyoming to Oregon, requiring 215 archeologists to ensure that “rock stacks”(which had been used as navigational markers for trails prior to maps) were undisturbed. The EPA required a 44-member environmental inspection team to ensure that 1600 migratory bird nests were not disturbed. The pure insanity of many of these rules not only unnecessarily complicate projects, but drive up costs and time, meaning reduced profitability for the firms and less efficient energy costs to consumers. (Source: American Spectator, 4/4/16; Wall Street Journal 8/16/11) (Jerry Tuma)1
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Pray that America will aggressively pursue energy independence and create additional infrastructure, allowing American businesses to access cheap energy in order to grow.
Ask the Lord to show our government leaders how to be good stewards of our natural resources and cultural history without limiting America’s economic recovery and progress.
Pray for the discovery of new sources of energy resources and for creativity toward the best and most efficient use of the resources we currently have.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, there are circumstances where what appears right becomes foolish and this has often happened in the government stewardship of our natural resources. We believe You have given these resources to us for our use and prosperity. You have creative ways to access and use the resources wisely. Show our government leaders and entrepreneurs how to pursue energy independence and create new and better infrastructure, balancing inexpensive energy with growth and expansion. Show us how to create wealth form our natural energy resources. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
God can create resources and He can show us how to wisely use the resources that are currently available and how to access those that are not yet evident. He has created more than enough!
1 Learn more about Jerry Tuma here.