First of all

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. I Timothy 2:1-6

I needed Paul’s instruction to Timothy this morning. I read a sermon by Spurgeon on Meditation before I went to bed last evening and my son asked on Facebook yesterday, “How would your life change if you devoted 1% of your day (15 minutes) to something you felt was really important.” On my bike ride with Ann this morning I lamented how I couldn’t seem to change anything: the direction of my nation, unemployment, my husband’s health…

And so now I sit thinking about all this and realizing I have not prayed, interceded and thanked God for ALL people. I have not prayed for my president and the upcoming election and for the state of my nation and the world. Jesus is the answer. He makes the changes. It is utterly imperative that I spend time with Him before I go out into my day and face the larger world. I have neglected this imperative. Thank you, Paul, for your timeless reminder.

Prayerfully,

Dawn

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6 comments on “First of all

  1. I stand with a guilty sentence, too, Dawn. I’m afraid I don’t pray this way — not for ALL people, and especially not for those I disagree with or feel there is no changing. Strange when I type these words —- these are the ones who most need my prayers, aren’t they????!!!! Paul’s words sound so loving and compassionate here — not what I usually think of Paul. I’ve always had a . . . .slight dislike. . . for him — not because of what he wrote, but just as a person, his personality type, the fact that he was always right and that I feel intimidated by him. Yet, here, he tells me that it would please God if I prayed like this — for kings and those in authority — because He so wants all men to be saved and to understand the truth. So yes, we can make a difference. Your son has a point, Dawn. If we ALL prayed for 15 minutes a day. . .could it be we could turn the tide and see God change the course of a raging river and turn the hearts of kings?????

    • The “allness” of life in Christ is a stumbling block. We so rarely see those who treat ALL with the grace that has been given us. I certainly didn’t, but I am learning to. It’s like being on a diet. You start off really challenged and ready to live differently and then life is the same around you and conversations are rote. My goodness, you have a part to play. If you change your part what will happen? You know, Sylvia, I’d like to find out. I know what life is like when I answer a certain way and I don’t want to answer that way anymore. I want things to change and it appears that the first “thing” to change has to be me. Ghandi had a point: I must be the change I want to see in the world.

      Thanks for dropping by. You made me think this through much more clearly.

      Dawn

  2. ALL! ALL people! Emmmmmm… (slow breath ……). Pondering…….

    I’ve only been writing the feel good gifts from God in my Dare. What if i write also, the really crummy stuff that doesn’t feel like a gift. Hmmmmm…..

    ~Thank you God, for the unpleasant Facebook discussion I read today about supporting chick-fil-a. I have to admit, I saw a light shining on a new angle. I trust you to use it for our good.

    ~Thank you for unpleasant political discourse that includes lies and deceptions. I need to see into the hearts, as you do, of those who hold different values then mine. I trust you to use it for our good.

    ~Thank you God, for students who swear and talk filth in the hallways and classrooms. I give you my work, my mouth, my knowledge. I trust you to use me as you will to do your work.

    Dearest Dawn… I do believe I may have turned a corner here…. Pondering……

    Thank you yet again! Carrie

  3. Dear Carrie:

    When we begin to write the crummy stuff, we’ve made the turn.

    Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! Romans 11:33

    We have to intentionally give Him our attention and see Him in EVERYthing and He will teach us. My friend Andrea Dawn over at http://www.theartoflifeistogetthemessage.blogspot.com says it like this,

    Every happening great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us . . . and the art of life is to get the message.

    I’m learning how to get the message,
    Dawn

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