By Sue Oberg | Encouragement
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. —1 Timothy 2:2-6
Paul wrote this letter to Timothy as he was encouraging him in the faith. Paul was Timothy’s mentor and he wanted to pass on the wisdom and the insight he had experienced in spreading the gospel. These verses are also for us. This is Paul’s call to prayer for believers.
I know that many times we are not happy with the authority in our lives. People post all kinds of things. We might not be happy with the governing body of our work place, church or schools. We might not particularly like the way our child’s team is coached or the organization is run. We come under lots of different authority in our lives and it is hard when you see them running it in a way that we determine is not wise. We have to be honest enough to say that sometimes we are right and sometimes we are wrong. Sometimes things really could and should be different. But sometimes we are only seeing things with a very narrow lens. If we were in those positions and could see the wider view we might think differently about how they are running things. Sometimes we can create change in those environments by being involved but sometimes we cannot change things no matter what we try. But maybe when we try and try and try to create change, what we end up doing is fighting with people and building walls.
Sometimes I think those walls are like walls of fire. Think about the difference between political parties, between church denominations, between management and workers and between parents and kids. Listen, if we don’t stop fighting, drop our complaining and pray for those people, we are going to have big walls of fire between us. And fires burn and the burns hurt. There is a whole lot of people out there getting hurt because of these divisions. Let’s face it, WE are getting hurt because of division. Our country, teams, schools and churches are getting hurt because of that division.
These verses tell us to pray for those leaders. Pray for them so we can live tranquil lives with godliness and dignity. We, as Christians need to pray for our leaders. We need to pray for them to have their eyes and hearts wide open and to have godly wisdom to be able to see the full view of what is going on and to make right choices and changes according to that wisdom. In the long run, this will make an impact on our lives too!
Today, say a prayer for the leaders in your life. Say a prayer for the President, for your boss, for your Pastors, your teachers and your kid’s teachers, say a prayer for your mom and dad, for your husband, your child’s coach and for anyone who is in a position of leadership. Stop fighting, drop the complaining about those leaders and take time to pray for them.
I honestly believe that when we get to heaven we will see the replays of some of the biggest events in building the church of God and it will be the prayer warriors who are the real heroes.
Be someone’s hero today and pray for them! STOP, DROP AND PRAY!
Sue Oberg, MATS, BSN, RN, Certified Parish Nurse
Connections Group Coordinator
King of Kings