The Christian Public Servant – “pray for those in authority”

July 11, 2017 – Tuesday

Reading
1 Timothy 2:1(b)-2 [ESV] I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Reflection
While at graduate school, I was elected to student government. I did not always agree with its president, especially when it came to our respective constitutional roles and boundaries. This of course led to disagreements. Looking back, I really dropped the ball when it came to praying for that president’s vision and success. Too many times, I forgot what the Apostle Paul wrote: that I need to pray for those in authority over me.

As Christian public servants, you and I are under the authority of others. You may not always agree with the direction, decisions, or the values of those in authority. I don’t either. However, we both need to continue to pray for them.

So throughout this workday, pray for those in authority. Pray for leaders at all levels of government and those within your workplace. Your prayer will not only please God, but it will be a brick in the path toward a peaceful and quiet life that is godly and dignified in every way.

Yes, pray for those in authority throughout this workday.

Prayer
Dear Lord, thank You for the standards set for me as a believer. Please always remind me to pray for those in authority above me, and plant patience in my heart to wait for all good things to come! In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Paul Bayer, M.A.
Paralegal
Pittman & Anderson Real Estate Legal Services
Norfolk, Virginia USA

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