Seeking to know Jesus and to make Him known to others

Civic Duty – 8 September 2019

I would be surprised if your reactions to the latest Brexit developments have not included / veered between disbelief, dismay, disappointment, despair, disgust, derision (and other such words beginning with the letter d!).  Whilst I do not intend to directly enter the current debate, let us remind ourselves of certain key Biblical principles from 1 Timothy 2 v 1-7 applying to the present circumstances:

  • We are instructed “first of all” (or of first importance) to pray for “all those in authority”.  This should be our immediate action, even before discussion, debating on social media etc.  Such prayer allows us to bring our petitions to God, but perhaps even more importantly, enables Him to speak to us.  We know that prayer is not all about me trying to redirect the will of God – rather it is about my will becoming aligned with His: Jesus taught us to pray “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and to say “not as I will, but as You will”.
  • Notice that we are to make “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving” for everyone in authority – i.e. all sorts of prayer for those in authority, including thanksgiving!
  • The over-riding aim of such prayer is essentially two-fold:
    • Godliness: “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and holiness”
    • Gospel: God “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”.

Peace and Grace

Paul