1 Timothy 1-2
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
A Word of Hope
Today, the Inauguration of the President, will for many, represent a day of new beginnings and opportunities. Our elected President will take an oath to serve and protect the Citizens, uphold the Constitution, and agree to refrain from personal gain.
While I am writing this devotional in advance, I have no idea of how this day will unfold. I have been taking Timothy’s advice and fervently praying for Peace. As Christians, we take an oath of sorts when we vow to follow the ways of Christ. Jesus asks that we “love our neighbor, practice unconditional love and be merciful to others.” That’s fairly easy as long as it’s not an inconvenience or a burden in some way. Its easy to say we “pledge” our love and it’s often difficult to make it a priority.
In the comic strip “Frank and Earnest”, Frank is in the court room standing in front of the judge who says to him, “it’s guilty or not guilty, you can’t plead “I gotta be me.” While this cartoon is humorous, it touches close to our current culture which often places the demands for “self” above the needs of humankind, integrity, and honor. Christ calls us to surrender to spirit, not manipulate outcomes for personal gain.
Timothy urges us to utilize prayer, the most powerful God-given tool, to change the lives of ourselves and others. Prayer cannot be explained and yet the Bible promises God will respond to our petitions.
On this inauguration day and thereafter, we may get excited and place our hopes in candidates with a “new spirit” of patriotism. I pray we always remember God has chosen us and is empowering us with the Holy Spirit to pray fervently for our nation, our leaders and especially our church.
Creator God, through the power of prayer we give you thanks and praise as we calmly rest in your promise! Amen