I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
(1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Today's Morsel: Whether you realize it or not, our world is in a complete mess. Every country is trying to figure out what has gone wrong. The answer lies in that we've turned our back on God. To many Christians have become lackadaisical in their relationship and walk with God. The things of God aren't important to them anymore. Church prayer time is seen as a violation of personal time and sleep. Many Christians want to pray when it's convenient for them and not the pastor or others in the church. Trying to get some people to pray is like pulling a nail out of a board with a nail file. Due to a lack of prayer in the home, divorce is on the rise, children are rebellious and disrespectful to their parents, teen pregnancy is up, adultery and fornication has run amok, and everyone is lying to each other. The old bumper sticker is still true, "The family that prays together stays together." If your children don't listen to you, and they are ignoring you, ask yourself, how's prayer in our home. Do my children hear me and see me on my knees talking to God for them and others? Do the people I work with know that I'm praying for them and that they can call me at anytime if they need someone to pray for them? My 3 year old grandson and 5 year old granddaughter always want to pray at every meal and at the end of devotions. It's almost a war between them as to who gets to go first. It's amazing just listening to them. Jesus said that we should have faith as a child. They aren't afraid to just put what comes to their mind out there. But we adults feel that we have to have the right words. There are no rules as to the way we should pray. Jesus taught his disciple how to pray in what some call the Lord's prayer. He told them, "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen" (Matthew 6:9-13). Jesus said, in this way pray. God makes it easy for us but we turn around and make it hard. Paul said, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." I believe that once we establish a routine of prayer and talking with God, our prayer life will manifest itself not to others, but to God. If we will pray for the leaders of our nations, asking God to step into their pathway and turn their heart to Him, I believe that our nations can be healed. It's time that we PUSH! Pray Until Something Happens. So don't let the fire of prayer go out of the altar.
Sing: Whisper a prayer in the morning, whisper a prayer at noon, whisper a prayer in the evening, just keep your heart in tune.