Week 26 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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I Thessalonians 5: 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
When Paul says in the letter to the Romans to be “subject to the governing authorities” (13:1-2) and again in 1 Timothy to “urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (2:1-2) I begin to see a pattern for how we might live in a time following the recent election cycle. Whether you are deeply disappointed or jubilant the fact remains that we are to pray for those leaders which God has seen fit to allow to ascend to their current positions. Whether or not by chicanery, as some would posit, the fact remains that there is little we can do to change many of those outcomes.
But wait! We have not begun to place our hope and trust in the weapon of prayer. 2 Corinthians 103 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Revelation 12:11They triumphed over him ( the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
So then, how should we pray for our leaders. Whether we like it or not anyone who steps up to assume a leadership role deserves some modicum of respect whether we agree with their lifestyles, outlooks, or ideologies. Our prayer then should be that they would overwhelmed by the Spirit of God’s righteousness.