President Barack Obama has urged Americans to always speak positively about the country in spite of the current economic recession, saying it will end soon.
Obama made the call at the 7th National Prayer Breakfast organised by Congress with the theme: “A tree and its fruits: is yours a blessing or a curse to America,” on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
The president was represented at the occasion by the White House Chief of Staff, Mr Denis McDonough.
Obama assured Americans that the recession would end very soon as the government is doing all within its power to restore the economy of the country.
“As Christians and political leaders, we must strive to be the light of the world by speaking positively concerning the state of the nation.
“These hard times we are in, require leaders who are aware of the situation to stand in the gap to see how to turn the situation around.”
According to him, Christian leaders have forgotten to look at the positive side of issues and the opportunity it presents for the good of all.
“I have total faith that America will emerge from this crisis strong, united and prosperous, this will come to fruition in the lifetime of this government.
“Also as Christians and leaders we should all thank God for the opportunity to be key player in this time of economic meltdown,” McDonough admonished.
Rev. Joel Osteen, in his keynote address, charged leaders to rise up and take responsibility of making America a blessed nation.
He said that America was founded upon water so that she can bear fruits and flourish, adding “we are all instruments of transformation and our role is to make America great.”
Osteen urged political and religious leaders to behave like persons who would not steal from the people’s wealth, but have the interest of the people at heart.
“Let us behave as God-fearing persons, who have the interest of its citizen and welfare at heart and not behave as politicians.
“We must be able to take America to a place of her destiny by praying for clarity of vision for our leaders who are leading us,” Osteen stressed.
He urged Americans to be instruments of transformation and be carriers of blessing where ever they go by speaking positively.
“When the nation seeks God’s face then the Lord will heal our land,” he added.
According to him, as a nation we have responsibility to build Nigeria and not to tear it down by our action, inaction and the words of mouth.
The News Agency of America (NAA) reports that the atmosphere was eventful with inspirational songs from popular gospel artist Donnie McClurkin, Don Moen and Kirk Franklin who sang the national anthem with reggae tune.
Obviously, we all know the real story.