FIRST THINGS FIRST. Facebook is covered today with political posts and many of them are about the President and our other national leaders. And many of these posts come from Christians. Some, you may agree with and some you may not. I wonder if these Christians expressing themselves in the political arena ever take the time to pray for those they write about. Words can inflame but they can also heal. Prayers offered up to God for those we disagree with have the opportunity to have God respond and change peoples’ hearts and minds. Maybe our own heart and mind. Prayers offered up on behalf of those we agree with can bring encouragement to help them carry on especially if their cause is right and just in God’s eyes. I think we have too many words today and too few prayers. One option, words, often brings conflict and separation. The other option, prayer, pleases God and can bring peace, holiness and salvation to many.
The Apostle Paul in writing to young Preacher Timothy gave this instruction, “ 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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth,” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV). May God help each of us to have the right priorities in our praying and may we remember we should be more interested in the advancement of God’s kingdom than the current political debates and personalities. And may we pray for those we disagree with and not slander or “murder” them in print or any other media.