READ:  Hebrews 13:17-19


“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good and pleases our God, our Savior…”  I Timothy 2:1-3

          Television, in spite of many shortcomings, does bring the world into our living rooms.  Shortly before the initiation of the Iraqi conflict, a news program featured Moslems praying for peace and the avoidance of conflict in their land.  In juxtaposition were a group of U.S. young Christians praying for the peaceful resolution of our dispute with Iraq.

          Isn’t it sad when we come into God’s presence seemingly divided into two camps praying one against the other but each wanting the same thing?  As Paul suggests to Timothy, we must pray for both leaders and for all who are in authority.  As leaders of the people, their influence for good and evil is inexpressible.  Their hearts are in God’s hands and He can turn them wherever He wills.  Let us not pray to God for “victory” but rather He will grant what is good for all people regardless of their faith.

          “Lord the hearts of the rulers are in Your hands;  teach them to do Your will.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”