First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Confession time. I fall short in this area, I struggle with it a lot. I mean, on a good day I might be able to make supplications for the politicians, but thanksgivings? That’s really tough.
And, God doesn’t stop there.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44)
I don’t do well in that area either. Sometimes I have a hard time loving the people I love and praying for my friends much less my enemies. (I’m just being honest here).
As I think about what these commands (yes, I said commands) mean and how I can obey them, I’m reminded of Jesus’ dying words and I am ashamed.
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. (Luke 23:34)
For they know not what they do. Those without Christ are blind to the truth, they can only do what is right in their own eyes. If anyone needs our prayers, it is them.
Will you join me in this prayer? “Lord, help me to pray for those, who in Your wisdom, You have put in authority over me, so that, as Your word says, we can live in peace. And help me to love and pray for my enemies, so that You will be glorified.”