Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pray When the Morn is Breaking

Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
Psalm 54:2

I don't know how you feel about yesterday's election; for me, there is both gratitude and disappointment. I imagine it's the same for most people; you're pleased about some people serving and displeased about others.

As I've been thinking about it today, I have to keep reminding myself that no matter how I FEEL, there's one thing that God has instructed us to do through His word in relation to this subject that is not dependent on who is in office: we are to pray for our leaders.

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. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:1-4

We must pray for those in authority over us, including those in elected office, so that we may lead a quiet life in godliness. We need to pray for our leaders: national, state, and local, that they will turn their hearts and minds to Christ, and that they would seek to make decisions in line with His word and for His glory.

If our leaders are not saved, we need to pray for their salvation, as God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Let us commit anew to praying for our leaders, that they may have wisdom, discernment and integrity and that they will seek the Lord and His will for our nation, our states and our cities.

Pray When the Morn is Breaking
Words by Jane Simpson

Pray when the morn is breaking,
Pray when the noon is bright,
Pray with the eve’s declining,
Pray in the hush of night:
With mind made pure of passion,
All meaner thoughts away,
Low in thy chamber kneeling,
Do thou in secret pray.

Remember all who love thee,
All who are loved by thee,
And next for those that hate thee
Pray thou, if such there be;
Last for thyself in meekness
A blessing humbly claim,
And link with each petition
Thy great Redeemer’s Name.

But if ’tis e’er denied thee
In solitude to pray,
Should holy thoughts come o’er thee
Upon life’s crowded way,
E’en then the silent breathing
That lifts thy soul above
Shall reach the thron├Ęd presence
Of Mercy, Truth, and Love.

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