God: wise in His advise to us for living; requires our prayers to intercede on earth.
1 Timothy 2:1-3, 8 (KJV) “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”.
The pressures of life can be overwhelming if not monitored or handled with the grace and patience we are blessed with in relationship with God. I often hear Christians talk about “the cares of life” as a barrier to accomplishing some of the things especially when it relates to ministry or doing something for God.
When I heard it at first, I thought, “what?” how does your relationship or a ministry which is supposed to benefit you as a servant of God take such a beating by the “cares of life”? It confuses me no end. I always like the analogy of Moses when he saw the bush burning: the fire was fierce, hot and fiery enough to burn the bush, but the fire was used as an attractor or the connector. Meaning the fire will take over the task, but will never destroy the tool.
Such, is my thoughts on how the call to ministry should be: the fire of the Holy Spirit will do the calling, and fuel you to do the task; it is not in your strength to do that which God calls you to accomplish, He has to bear the brunt of the work. Else we are faced with ministers and lay persons who are burnt out and walking away in frustration from their tasks.
What does all of that have to do with the passage above? Paul in his letter to Timothy has some great pointers about existing and living the walk he was called to as a part of the body of Christ. Paul exhorts the young man that he ought to with all due diligence, allow prayers go forth at all times for all men.
You might not like or have placed them in power, but let prayers go forth for whosoever is the current President; Paul was under the rule of a Roman Emperor who persecuted Jews left, right and center. However, if you want peace in your lifetime and the life of your kids, send up earnest prayers to establish that which God has blessed you. Things in your environment and your church might be going in a direction in which you might not have approve, but nonetheless, let prayers go forth to the heavens.
Until men of God; great and small, ministers and lay persons forget the confusion, fighting and struggles which can exist in every little circle where we gather and love to fellowship and call on the name of God, there are certain things which will defeat us and cause us to be at a disadvantage with the adversary who is an enemy of God.
Pray for your community so that unseemly behaviors can be placed under the jurisdiction of the control of heaven’s watchers. Prayer earnestly for those in power, so that sound and just judgment is made to honor God and man. Pray and when it seems that you have prayed out, pray again.
Pray because it is what Jesus did when He left people behind and went into the mountains to meditate. You do the same.
Place “the cares of life” into the hands of Jesus and get down to prayers. It is required of us all.
Trivia: He knew the exact date he was dying and the conditions; who is this?