Peaceful Living

How often do you pray? What or who are you praying for? Do you pray for others? Do you pray for those you are not especially fond of? Do you pray for leaders at all levels of organizations and government?

Many of us pray for our needs. We likely also pray for the needs of our loved ones. We may even pray for people we know through work or social relationships. Few of us pray on a regular basis for our leaders, whether in the organizations we work for or the many levels of government.

Yet, as we see in today’s passage, by praying for all people we live in peace. Notice it does not say there will peace in the world. It does not state everything will be wonderful. It doesn’t even say we will get our way when it comes to having the leaders we desire. It says we pray so that we may live peaceful and quiet lives.

When we pray for the elected leaders of our city, county, state, and national governments, we can live at peace knowing we have given it over to God. It is no longer our responsibility to change things. It is no longer in our hands, but God’s. However, along with praying for those people, we must trust God to handle it. If we do not trust God, we will not experience the peace promised to us.

I pray we all pray for our leaders. I pray we trust God to handle things once we have prayed. I pray each of us live peaceful and quiet lives because we have turned it all over to God. Pray for all people. Pray for loved ones. Pray for those you are not fond of. Pray for leaders. Trust God. Experience God’s peace. Live peacefully.

1 Timothy 2: 1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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