But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Communing With God Across the Country
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. Whether a person is able to participate in any of the prayer events located around the region or not, one can make time to pray for the city of man and the various jurisdictions in which one lives—city, county, state, federation.
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 Timothy 2:1–2
How can we pray for those in authority? Here are some suggestions: Ask God to help them …
- see that as authorities they are also under authority, namely God’s
- see the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
- to be surrounded by wise counselors
- reward good and punish evil and scandal in their jurisdiction
- establish justice
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.