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Don’t Complain – Pray!

Father, You are worthy of all my praise! Each and every day You fill my life with blessing after blessing and I don’t thank You nearly enough. Every breath I take, every beat of my heart, every sight I behold, every sound I hear, every single thing! – is from Your generous hand! I deserve none of it and have earned none of it but You give and give. Thank You, Father, for Your wonderful gift of life and for the utterly unfathomable gift of salvation enabling me to be blessed with Your presence and love for all eternity!

1 Timothy 2:2-4 (<<click here)

Lord, the passage points out one of my many failings- praying for “all who are in authority.” Now right up front, I totally understand that You love everyone – no exclusions. There is absolutely no one so separated from You that Your love cannot reach. I accept those truths. I embrace them.

My failing is not the inability to love them (which can be a challenge) but my failing is that I don’t pray for them nearly enough – in fact, I rarely do! It is so much easier to complain about them and to share my dislike for them; those are the things on which I focus.

I would ask Lord, that You would burden my heart to pray for those in authority – those in my community, our schools, my family, at work, our civil servants, our government officials (on every level from the township to the oval office), our military. Even those who are from other countries and not my own, we all need You in our lives “for You want everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” Help me to pray as such!

August 30th, Sun, 6:53 am

Submitting to Government?

I am glad to be with You this morning, Father. I know You love me beyond what I could ever comprehend. Enable me to hear Your words to me this day.

Titus 3:1-2 (<<click here)

Lord, the directives in this passage are surely an ongoing struggle to fulfill the words “believers…submit to the government. They should be obedient… no slander anyone… avoid quarreling… be gentle… show true humility” just don’t seem to jell. But Paul is saying what he is saying. He says it elsewhere in Romans 13:1-7. We are very clearly called to submit to and obey the government…and respect them to boot!

But we exclaim, “What? There is so much corruption! On so many fronts they oppose the things of God!” Romans 13:1 states, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

For clarity it helps to remember who was in charge when Paul wrote these letters – Rome!  A government not exactly known for their Christ-like mindsets. And Paul wasn’t alone in his beliefs; Peter spouted the same thing in 1 Peter 2:12-17.

So where does that leave us – those who strive to follow You, Lord, by loving You with all of our “heart…soul…strength and…mind,” and our “neighbor as ourselves”? Luke 10:27 Well… I guess I need to back up and adjust how I think about such things. I can’t just ignore this part of what Paul and Peter have to say because I don’t like it. Your Word, the Bible, is truth and it must be obeyed.

Jesus…forgive me. I have not been obedient. I have lived with a self-righteous mentality. I give it over to You. Enable me to live and think as You would have me to. Amen… so be it.

Jan 31st, Sun, 6:34 am

Don’t Complain – Pray!

Father, You are worthy of all my praise! Each and every day You fill my life with blessing after blessing and I don’t thank You nearly enough. Every breath I take, every beat of my heart, every sight I behold, every sound I hear, every single thing! – is from Your generous hand! I deserve none of it and have earned none of it but You give and give. Thank You, Father, for Your wonderful gift of life and for the utterly unfathomable gift of salvation enabling me to be blessed with Your presence and love for all eternity!

1 Timothy 2:2-4 (<<click here)

Lord, the passage points out one of my many failings- praying for “all who are in authority.” Now right up front, I totally understand that You love everyone – no exclusions. There is absolutely no one so separated from You that Your love cannot reach. I accept those truths. I embrace them.

My failing is not the inability to love them (which can be a challenge) but my failing is that I don’t pray for them nearly enough – in fact I rarely do! It is so much easier to complain about them and to share my dislike for them; those are the things on which I focus.

I would ask Lord, that You would burden my heart to pray for those in authority – those in my community, our schools, my family, at work, our civil servants, our government officials (on every level from township to the oval office), our military. Even those who are from other countries and not my own, we all need You in our lives “for You want everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” Help me to pray as such!

August 30th, Sun, 6:53 am