adultingI recently saw this meme online, and it made me laugh—probably because many times I’ve thought that same thing. “Isn’t there someone else that can do this better than me?”

With all the recent tragedies in the news, it’s definitely been easy for me to “hope for” someone else to be responsible to lead our cities and our nation to a better place. And then the Holy Spirit gently reminds me of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:8

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

Right there it is…plain as day…I’m to pray.  In the moments I feel overwhelmed with current events, I’m to pray. The Scripture is clear: I’m to petition and be thankful to God. I’m to join with him in his desire that all men would be saved and come to know the truth of Christ.  I’m to live without wrath or dissension in my heart.

When we the people choose to join our prayers with the prayers of Christ, we are saying yes to God’s will. We are saying yes to living a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  We are taking responsibility for the well-being of our cities and our nation, and we are fulfilling the purposes of Christ that we were created for. 

May I encourage you, dear friend, if you don’t know how to pray, start with Jesus’ example. Say it back to Him with a sincere heart…not just from memory, but truly believing that God hears your prayers.

“My Father who is in heaven, Holy is Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give me this day my daily bread. And forgive my sins, as I forgive those who sin against me. Do not lead me into temptation, but deliver me from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”   Matthew 6:9-13 (paraphrased)

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