Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013 “That We May Live Peaceful and Quiet Lives”

“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 or savior God wants us to live.” (1 Timothy 2:2- The Message)

Greetings and Blessed July 4th to All!

Turn on the news today and you are bound to hear of nations and their leaders in turmoil. This past week in Egypt is a good example of this reality. Most any day, somewhere in the world, including our own beloved nation, people are protesting, rioting, rebelling against their government and its leaders. There is nothing particularly new about this. For centuries such restlessness and discontent has been a reality. So it was in the time of Paul and the Roman empire. As we read these words of Paul, it seems quite remarkable, does it not, that he was urging, in fact, virtually commanding, that prayers be made for those in power in government. It is important to note that in Paul’s day that meant Nero, who was a notoriously cruel dictator. When Paul penned these words, Christian persecution was growing rapidly. Nero had Christians burned as human torches to light the streets of Rome. Many met their death in the arenas as “sport” for the “good citizens” of Rome. When Nero needed a scapegoat for the great fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64 A.D., he laid the blame at the feet of the Christians in Rome. He had these Christians butchered and fed to animals. They were denied social privileges, persecuted mercilessly. Yet Paul urges prayer for the likes of Nero. In our own nation, when are lives are going along in relative  peacefulness and quietness, it is sometimes difficult to pray for those in authority, because we often take good government for granted. It’s much easier to remember to pray when we are experiencing problems. But we should pray for those in authority…not only in our own nation, but around the world so their societies will also be open to the proclamation and the spread of the gospel to the end that ““every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father.” Today, let’s pray for our leaders and those around the world, “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-in all godliness and holiness”.  Let’s pray!

God of all nations and kings and those in authority: Today we humbly come to you in prayer for those in authority around the world. We pray for the day when warring and bloodshed will end and “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Open new opportunities to the proclamation of the Gospel around the world, and grant us that opportunity to live with one another in peace and praise of You, King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen!

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