HAPPY CANADA 150!
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4
Paul’s epistle to young Timothy abounds with wisdom to guide every individual seeking to live a life of practical godliness.
Paul’s counsel regarding prayer, however, has specific instruction with respect to prevailing political leadership:
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4 (emphasis added)
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Paul underscores the priority of prayer for all men including, “kings and all who are in authority” (v. 2). As people of faith living in North America, it is easy to interpret Paul’s teaching in light of our national historic perspective.
Living in a democratic environment, most have thankfully never experienced the kind of the brutality that was characteristic of the Roman Empire in authority at the time of Paul’s writing. Rome was an iron-fisted, totalitarian power that promptly crushed all dissension. Even during the worst scenarios, North Americans have never experienced that kind of tyranny.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve had opportunity to interact with national lawmakers in Ottawa on Parliament Hill and Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill. Undoubtedly there are exceptions, but I’ve been impressed by how many people of faith are devoted to national leadership and also by the number of government officials genuinely committed to faithfully serving the people of their respective constituencies.
We seldom consider what that means on a practical level. Political leaders face decisions requiring extreme measures of wisdom and insight. Their schedules demand incredible stamina. Their service necessitates unrelenting discipline. And sadly, in addition to on-the-job duties, elected officials now face the increasing threat of physical harm.
Plainly stated, if there was ever a time political leaders and lawmakers need our prayer, it’s now. In spite of the uniqueness of the democratic process, however, North American culture tends rather toward negative opinion of governmental leadership regardless of the prevailing political party.
The freedoms we enjoy should never be taken for granted.
With this year marking Canada’s sesquicentennial, why not pray for elected officials as you gather with family and friends? Then, determine to intercede on their behalf every day during the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Happy Canada 150!
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. With 40 plus years of ministry experience, Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
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1) Flag of Canada waves in the halo of the glorious sun. By Weixi Zeng, via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios