The media inundation around the Presidential election shows no sign of waning as we move towards November. A few of my friends/colleagues have written some very thoughtful pieces around this media blitz and the effect it has had on the general populace and more specifically the Christian community in America.
In 1 Timothy 2, Paul gave his discipling protégé Timothy some instructions around worship both corporate and personal, “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.” These words, divinely inspired, comprise a charge ripe with deep meaning and transformational intent.
In a thumbnail, we learn three things about the Body of Christ as God’s agent of salt and light in this world and our responsibility as a part of it: 1) We are to be about praying as a means of communicating with God and with the world that God desires to connect with meaningfully, 2) We are to offer prayers of intercession and thanksgiving for all people, and 3) We are specifically charged to pray for those in authority over us including those in civil and governmental authority.
I was so struck by this charge that I stopped what I was doing and prayed for our President, Barack Obama, our Congress, and our Supreme Court. I am impressed that I could daily include state and local authorities, law enforcement personnel, etc, and take a great deal of time praying for them. My conclusion is this: Pray means Pray. Forgive me Lord when I have consumed the time you have given me to pray in complaining!
Back to the media blitz and the aura around the upcoming Presidential election. It occurred to me that we are neither helpless nor hopeless, that God has gifted us the opportunity to pray for our future President now regardless of whether it is Hillary, Donald, or someone else. Our responsibility is to pray and vote. A wise person it seems would not fear the first week in November if he/she knew that for months he/she has been lifting them all up before the Lord! A word to the wise, thank you Lord.