by Jeffrey Haglund | January 23, 2017
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
It is time. The inauguration event has past. Now it is up to us, the church, to show the world we can love and live together. I often meet with men from Westside Baptist Church to pray on Monday mornings. This Monday morning marked a significant day in our prayer meeting. For eight years we prayed for our past president. We have yet to change the name on the prayer sheet, but President Trump has taken office.
If your candidate won or lost, it is time to come together. If your candidate won, this isn’t a time for gloating. If your candidate lost, it isn’t time for alarm and insults. Those who feel the world is coming apart need only to look at the deficit spending patterns and our mountainous twenty trillion dollar debt to feel anxiety.
We are the church. It is our responsibility to entreat God on behalf of our leaders. Let me encourage you to make it a habit to pray earnestly for our leaders so that we might enjoy tranquility and blessings from God. Pray for our leaders with thanksgiving because God is on the throne and He gave us a leader that looks just like you and me. If you don’t like the result, all the more should your knees find mounting calluses form throughout the year. Pray, yield to Him, and let us come together in unified entreaties to our Lord and Saviour. This is the time we must come together. I believe God will do something exciting in our midst if we come together in a fragrant aroma, an offering of prayer to our God!