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“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” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

No matter who is serving where, we are to pray for those who rule or are in authority.  Remember, the Lord tells us that we are to love our neighbor.  That includes all in positions of authority.  The world hates, but those who follow Christ love.  Therefore, learn to pray for all.  When hate is removed from you, there is peace.  When you see in the other an individual for whom the Lord died, it changes everything.

Lord, the world is filled with hatred and everyone seeks whom they support and whom they hate.  Help me to live as Your follower and learn how to truly love all.  You died once for all.  The “for all” means everyone who has been created in Your image.  Lead me into the deeper and more peace-filled life so that I would grow in Your likeness and do what is right and good in the Father’s sight.

Lord Jesus, You know the difference between my intent and the reality of how I live.  Guide me, Lord, to live according to Your Word in order that I would now and always abide humbly in You and Your Word.  Lead me according to Your goodness to see that in You alone is all hope and an eternal future.  Lead me into that future loving my neighbor, praying for those in authority and listening to You.  Amen.