If you read my “Sort of Daily” blog, you know I rarely, if ever, get political . . . well at least not overtly . . . as far as most folks could tell . . .
Anyway, sometimes the text on which I comment makes it impossible not to get a little political. So, since I must, I will try my best not to upset folks on the left, right, middle, or even the wing-nuts who just like to get upset for the exercise of it. Paul has some important instructions for Timothy at the beginning of chapter two of his first letter that I think we all would do well to heed:
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. 1 Timothy 2:1-3
If you’re a “Newbie Christian”, or just one of those who have made your faith a second or third tier concern, and are looking for a way to get started right (or get started at all), The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Most folks think there is a magic formula to being a successful, faithful Christian, but it really takes just a few basics and the first one is prayer.
And you don’t even need an instruction manual! Just talk to God like you would to your buddies (preferably without all the cusswords and gossip). Let Him know how you’re doing; share with Him the things you’re celebrating; confide in Him what your worried about or fearful of; admit where you’ve blown it and ask Him to help you be a better person; tell Him about folks your concerned for; reveal to Him your hopes and dreams. Oh, and make sure you thank Him for all the blessings you’ve received!
And pray for the president and the congress . . . even if you don’t like them or you disagree with them. Pray for your state and local leaders too. Pray that they will “rule well so we can be quietly about our business”.
Pray because prayer works. I know it works and so do you. Even though it is unfathomable to think that we meager beings would dare to think that our words could move the omnipotent One who created the universe, listen to what He says (It’s from the Old Testament so you know it’s really important!):
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 1 Chronicles 7:14
Yep, strait from the mouth of God! We pray; He listens and acts. Of course we gotta do it with the right attitude – humbly and with purity of motive – but it does work! I dare you to give it a good solid try . . .
Pressing on toward the goal . . .