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|Written by Joan Tyvoll|
|Friday, 12 October 2012 08:29|
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity…” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
When the geese start flying south in the autumn, political ads start flocking around us as well. The smiling, well groomed heads of hopeful politicians stare at us from newspaper ads and billboards. The telephone rings off the hook hoping I will pick up and listen to a pre-recorded message from this candidate and that one. (Really? Do you think I am going to want to listen to that?)
Catchy jingles as well as dire warnings about opposing candidates blare from radios. If one is not promising lower taxes and better schools, then another is berating their opponent for lies, misconduct and incompetence. I am not a fan of election time or politics.
But despite the irritation of election time, I know I have to acknowledge our responsibility to be informed and to weigh in on important issues. We can’t blame the government or any certain political party for things going awry if we don’t vote and make our opinions count.
I may not be called to run for office, but I am so thankful for Christians who are committed to be a part of the government at all levels. I am also thankful for those who have a “bent” for political issues and can help me sort through what’s going on.
Once again it is an important election year here in the US. Christian leaders are urging us to be informed and to vote in the November elections. More than anything else, Christian friends, we need to pray. This one is not just a Godly suggestion – it is a command. God wants us to pray.
It doesn’t matter what political party our president or other elected officials I affiliate with, or which one happens to be in office right now. It is my duty to pray for them. It is for my own good and for my family’s good that I pray for them! It is for the good of the church, the country and the world that you and I pray for our leaders.
The promised fruit of my prayers gives me the motivation to pray and to keep praying. This is the promise: “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” That gift of life and peace should be enough reason for us to pray.
How do we pray? The New Living Translation says this: “As you make your requests, plead for God's mercy upon them, and give thanks.” Remembering the “thanks” part helps us keep our eyes on God and his just, gracious and wise rule over all nations. Verse four of this passage gives us another important prayer for any leader. They need to be saved! “…for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” Our prayers should be that our leaders be righteous, live righteously, and be able to make righteous decisions for our governments and countries.
Make no mistake, Christian friends, our countries and our leaders need our prayers. They need to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It is only in surrendering to him that they will lead us in a way that pleases God. Pray for that.
Here is Truth: “Godliness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34.
Praying For His Kingdom to Come,