How are you praying?
Posted by David Garcia Licona
“Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior.”
1 Timothy 2:2-3 NLT
Pray for the authorities that govern us has a purpose: that we can live in peace and tranquility.
When we think about praying for our authorities, we can easily fall into the play of “Who came first? The chicken or the egg?” We can decide to pray for them “until” they become good, “until” they become fair, or “until” they are, who I want they be.
Unfortunately it does not work in this way; the Apostle Paul said: How can they believe if no one preaches them? And how could we preach them about the love of God by uttering over them offensive words, curse words, destruction words, and death words? I don’t know somebody who, committed to the God’s kingdom values, dares to pray declaring curse words about a person; it would simply mean a denial of the Christian faith.
So, pray for our authorities, Christians or not, they deserve it or not; means declaring about them words of life, words of peace, words of grace, words of mercy; without any doubt it will be a powerful testimony to them of the Jesus’ message of reconciliation; and this is good and pleases God our Savior.
© David García Licona – November 2013