031101 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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1 Timothy 2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
With an election in the offing, it might be wise to examine this particular scripture reference from Paul to his spiritual son Timothy. Why should we pray for despots and politically corrupt politicians? Why should we pray when history shows us the inevitable backsliding of even the most upright and well intentioned of people when they throw their hats into the ring? Paul lays it out in a 4-part call to prayer for us. 1. Petitions, what we would like to see happen. 2.) Prayers, invoking the will of God to intercede in our situation. 3.) Intercession, this is where the rubber meets the road. We must find a way in our own hearts to pray for the people who whether by “hook or by crook” come to power. And finally; 4.) We must learn to pray with Thanksgiving for what God has done and what he will do.
This is hard to hear because we easily enter into an incomplete “love” (Philleos) toward a person or cause we support, and we are bitterly disappointed when the voting goes the other way. This is where the true love (Agape) of the Spirit filled Christian submits completely to God’s will and accepts that HE has heard our prayers and will answer them in due course. Go and Vote! It is an investment in the future.