Sunday 19th January 2020
I imagine that, like me, you were glad to hear on Saturday that the Stormont Assembly had been recalled and that (at last!) an Executive had been formed.
Timothy urges us to “pray for kings and all those who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” [1 Timothy 2:2]
Peter says, “For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority – whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed.” [1 Peter 2:13]
So, will you pray this week for all MLA’s, ministers and any others who have the authority to make the decisions that affect all our lives? Remember that they have very difficult situations to resolve and very difficult decisions to make, so please pray that God would give them wisdom and strength to do what is best in every circumstance.
One of my Bible readings this week asked the following question,
“Who, to you, is the most impressive person in current history?”
I struggled with this for a while and couldn’t come up with any answer (maybe I’m too cynical!). But then I realised that the writer was pointing me towards Jesus, and the reading finished with this prayer, which I hope you may find helpful:
“I am so used to hearing bad news, Father, that I lose touch with the reality that Your will is done, that Your kingdom comes, and that the rulers of the world have very little to say about it, one way or the other. All praise to Your omnipotent grace, Your eternal love. Amen.”
[© 2017 by Eugene H Petersen (amended)]