A Podcast About Encouragement
Building One Another
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
I Thessalonians 5:11
Pray Vol 1 No 8
There are few calls to prayer as direct as this one:
“First of all, then, I 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. I Timothy 2:1-2*
This verse says nothing about your political persuasion or your opinions of current events.
It says everything about priority in life. “First of all… I urge… prayers!”
Pray for everyone. Pray for the leaders of your country and of all countries. Pray for them whether you like them or not!
Be consistent about this. Pray for those in authority when you get up in the morning or when you go to bed or during your regular time of Bible reading and prayer.
Make it your daily practice.
Pray for their wisdom, well-being, their courage and that their work will bear positive fruit. Ask that because of their leadership we will be able to lead a “peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
“ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
Joy to you – E. Stanley Ott
© Copyright 2018 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the ESV
Discussion Questions and Show Notes:
Notice the Apostle Paul says nothing about praying depending on your political persuasion or your opinions of how leaders are addressing current events.
For Americans, our prayers begin with our President, Congress, Governors and others who lead our country, states, schools, hospitals, businesses, churches and so on. Other countries have similar lists.
The kicker is to pay attention to WHY Paul says to do this: so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.”
In other words, the ultimate reason to pray isn’t just for the well-being of those who lead – it’s for your own well-being, those who are with you, and everyone under the leader’s authority.
So, pray for everyone. Pray for the leaders of your country and of all countries. Be consistent about this. Pray for those in authority when you get up in the morning or when you go to bed or during your regular time of Bible reading and prayer.
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Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True HomeRichard J. Foster
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