This post is Day 27 in a series of studies about “Hope”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Hope – Day 27
Praise God that many respond and take seriously the call to pray for those in leadership. But we are so concerned with our lives and the problems of our family members, that we take little time to pray for people in authority. That world seems far from our daily lives.
Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?
We finished yesterday’s prayers thinking about politicians who rule our countries. This verse makes me think once more of them. Too many, but not all, national and international leaders have a pride problem and too few have a real faith in Jesus, they trust in their positions and enjoy the fame and fortune they receive. These words in our verse today, given to Job by one of his friends, would be a challenge to many in leadership, nationally and at a local level.
At the end of the book of Job we read of God’s reprimand of Job (chapters 40-41) and of his friends (Job 42:7). Those last chapters of Job are well worth reading.
Many generations after Job, Paul told Timothy to pray for those in authority, in fact he began with the words first of all (1 Timothy 2:1) telling us to make that a priority in our prayers.
Praise God there are many that respond to that and take seriously the call to pray for those in leadership, but many of us are so concerned with our own affairs and the problems of our close family members, that we take little time to pray for people in authority because that world seems far from our daily lives.
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 Saviour. 1 Timothy 2:1-3.
Let’s do that today. Pray for your local leadership, naming before the Lord, your mayor and his councillors as well as those who are leaders in your church and other churches in your area.
Pray for wisdom and piety for the teachers in your local schools.
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