Do you want to live in peace? That may seem like a crazy question because everyone would say yes, but I’m serious. Look at I Timothy.
1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 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, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
This passage urges us to pray for those in authority over you, like the president. Look at the consequences. “in order that” means cause and effect. Your prayers result in giving you a ‘tranquil’ and ‘quiet life’. That sounds like peace to me, and living in godliness and dignity sound good too.
People in authority have a huge impact on our lives. In the Old Testament God punished the nation because King David numbered the people. So the actions and choices of those in power can impact our lives tremendously.
Having leaders who follow truth and do good things benefits us all.
Plus, we see our prayers do have an influence.
But our leaders seem so far away. It’s important to remember that they are like people, just like we are. The more you know about them, the more you can pray wisely.
We are coming up on President’s day, so let’s learn something about our past presidents. Rebecca Price Janney shares stories of presidents and their pets. Fun!
If you are like me, you like to get results. I set goals for the day and take great pleasure in checking off my list. When we turn to God with our prayers, we tend to expect the same thing. How frustrating. We know from scripture God wants us to pray and to bring him our needs and petitions. Here’s a quote from Matthew 7:71a“Ask, and bit shall be given to you; 2seek, and you shall find; 3knock, and it shall be opened to you.
When you read that, you see God’s promise to answer and you expect him to. As Americans, we’d see it like placing an online order. We type in what we want and set up delivery. However, God doesn’t always work like we think he should. I can recall praying for my parents to get carpet downstairs in their living room. At the time, they had hardwood, which we value more highly now. But they wanted carpet. I saw no way God could answer that, but they worked in a church
Let me tell you a story. I can recall praying for my parents to get carpet downstairs in their living room. At the time, they had hardwood, which we value more highly now. But they wanted carpet. I saw no way God could answer that, but they worked in a church ministry and won a contest. Someone had donated carpet to the winner. So God answered my prayer. My parents were impressed and told me to keep praying.
However, many times I have prayed don’t get an answer. Or at least you think that’s true cause lots of time passes. Nothing happens.
So what is God doing? And why did he make such an open and shut promise like that one I read?
You can read about people in the Bible who prayed like Hannah prayed for a son, but God did NOT have promises at that time.
Today we have the promise that whatever happens, God will turn it into something for our good.
Perhaps your problem isn’t about prayer. You are in transition much longer than you think you should be. Why does God make us wait?
Today my guest is Marlo Shalesky. She wrote Waiting for Wonder. The book is about Sarah and Abraham waiting for a child.
2:10 Why did you write a book on this topic?
3:00 How was Sarah supposed to know she did the wrong thing? Her choice was okay in her culture.
8:00 You say we pray too small. Explain that.
9:00 Isn’t it possible we will see the outcome of our prayers in eternity?