We live in a tumultuous time. The economy has been badly damaged, opinion polls indicate that confidence in the government is at an all time low; congress is making decisions that could adversely affect us for generations; and the world around us is in turmoil. That’s the bad news, but there is good news.
There is power in prayer to change the course of government and the economy. We must remember that our hope is not in the people and circumstances around us; it is in the Lord.. Our hope is in the one who said, “Try me and see If I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing” (Malachi 3:10).
Very few, if any, of us have endured the kind of persecution and rejection that the early church endured. In fact, Paul was writing this message to Timothy while he was in chains awaiting his execution. In one of his writings he lists his hardships and persecutions and it is a wonder that he survived at all. He says he was ship wrecked three times, beaten with the whip five times, thrown to the wild beasts at Ephesus, stoned and left for dead at Lystra. Then he writes, “Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for the churches (1 Corinthians 11). Yet he said to pray for our government.
Complaining about the way things are will never produce the peace that comes from truly trusting the Lord to be in control. Paul tells us to pray with thanksgiving for everyone – including kings and all those in authority. Here’s a suggestion; instead of complaining about the way things are and the way the government is doing things, try praying for them and being thankful to God that he has given us these men and women who govern us.
Prayer: Lord, it is not always to pray for our leaders, and it is certainly difficult at times to be thankful for them, but I know that if I am to be at peace I must do so. Grant me the grace to be thankful for our leaders. In Jesus name, amen.
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