I attended a Bible study last night where the group were listening to a message by Duane Sheriff, and he spoke among others things about 2 Timothy 2 v 1 and 2.
Since listening to the message I have been thinking about little else!
He spoke about the difference between government and politics, and about how essential government is, and about how we have to pray for our leaders and people in authority, in all levels of government.
Now let’s be honest here, I’ve struggled with this idea in the past and I’m sure you have too.
I do not always get the government that I vote for; that’s called democracy.
However, whatever government is in power they are working under a God ordained system (God did not ordain anarchy) and they deserve our prayers.
OK, we may not have voted for them and we may not like them or their policies, but the Word says we should pray for them.
We have no excuse (and I write this primarily for my benefit); we cannot say we will not pray for them, or we are going against the Word of God.
We cannot pick and choose the Scriptures that we adhere to, especially when it is as crystal clear as these two verses.
You would have to get someone to help you misunderstand these verses, to come to the conclusion that you do not need to pray for those in authority.
I for one was given a proverbial “boot up the you-know-what” last night, and know I need to not only change my attitude towards those leading my county, country and nation, but change the way I pray.
We all need to pray for those in authority, it really is that simple.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you instigated authority structures and government, and I commit from this day forward to pray for those in authority”.
1 Timothy 2 v 1 and 2…..I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we lay lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty