In 1 Timothy 2:2, Paul gives this advice to Timothy:
“Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live
quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honour God.”
Quite rightly, we pray for our leaders: the UK Government, leaders of other countries etc. For obvious reasons we will, I am sure, all have been doing this quite a lot just lately! And we need to keep on doing this – at all times
But in the line before this quote from Paul, he says,
“First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all…“,
We need to pray for each other, as well as for politicians. As we move through the Brexit (or not-Brexit) process; as we continue with a General Election, maybe even another referendum, we need to pray for each other that we would have wisdom. If we just pray for our leaders there is a
danger we dump all the responsibility on them. Our faith is ultimately placed in God but there is a danger that we focus on one issue or something that frustrates/angers/irritates us about politicians or a certain perspective and we ignore the bigger picture that the Gospel gives us. We need to be
careful that we do not lose faith in democracy, politicians and good wisdom. We need to value and pray for our own role in how we are governed and at the same time value and pray for our MPs. So, we need to pray for wisdom for our leaders and pray for us as the people of the United Kingdom that God will give us wisdom in these challenging times.
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