Pray for Those

24 Jul

“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people” (Ex. 22.28). I hear an awful lot of cursing of our rulers. We may not always agree with them, and they may not always do what is in our best interest, or even have it in mind at all times. Yet, this hatred and bitterness is unbecoming of Christians. Instead we ought to be following God’s mandate:”First of all, then, 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” (1 Tim. 2.1-2). And even when you believe your leaders to be your enemies who persecute you, we ought to do as King David did, as Paul did, and Jesus our Lord instructed to do: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:43-45). Let us be a prayerful people. A people devoted to God and his ways.

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