1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV): “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.”
Our nation is divided. The election process continues. The control of the United States Senate is still to be determined. Many feel that 2020 just needs to end.
What can we do to somehow, someway combat the divisions of our nation?
For me, I am in the process of starting up the Church Ambassador Network of Kansas that has the mission of “Inspiring the Church to Engage Government for the Advance of God’s Kingdom,” I actually am now registered as “non-affiliated” for my political party. I want to communicate to those on both sides of the political divide that I will listen to and pray for everyone. For me, taking this step helps me to put my priority on God’s kingdom first and foremost. I am not suggesting that we all do that, but I am suggesting that we all can do something to reach across and love those with whom we differ.
When Paul wrote the above verse to his spiritual son, Timothy, the political landscape was definitely not one that honored God. In fact, it didn’t honor the sacredness of life, the sacredness of marriage, the equality of people, and didn’t care for the poor. It was actually the first century Church that embraced those values, not the politics of the day. Even though the values of the first century Church did not align with the political values of the day, the Church was still urged to petition, pray, intercede, and give thanks for all people to include governing authorities. Specifically their prayer was that they could live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Wow. Is God able to speak through His Word across the centuries or what? I am challenged by these verses. I believe that the attitude that these verses promote is the key for getting beyond the divisions of our nation. Truly, I pray that we can all pray for all people.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for all people. I also pray that I can live my life of peace and share Your peace with others. May I do my part in healing the divides of our nation.