Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Monday, 26 August 19:
1 Timothy 2:1-2, 8 — 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…. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.
Today’s political scene is full of passion and protests, but far too little prayer, which Paul says is priority number one. Paul, who was persecuted, imprisoned and executed for his faith, said we should not only pray for leaders and people in high positions, we should offer “intercessions (pleading to God on their behalf) and thanksgivings” for them. As political debate seems to grow increasingly meanspirited, Paul urges us to remain “dignified in every way…. lifting up holy hands without anger or quarreling.” Are you a political activist like Paul who seeks to change the political landscape through intercessory prayer, thanksgiving and shocking displays of the love of Christ? Wouldn’t that be revolutionary?
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 26 August 19: Dedicate earnest prayers today for leaders and people in high positions. Pray that God will give you a genuine heart for those for which you feel less inclined to pray, for those from whom you sinfully desire to withhold grace.