By now you will probably be aware that on Thursday the polls are open for the European Elections. Now, if you are anything like me, you will frequently get frustrated with politicians of all shades. However, rather than simply complain about the status-quo, a cursory glance at the newspaper should still lead us to be thankful that unlike so many we have the privilege of participating in a relatively democratic country and still enjoy a great deal of freedom.
However, after thanking God for these truths, I felt challenged by another. In his first letter to his friend and protégé, Paul urges Timothy ‘that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people; for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness’(1 Tim 2:2). So my question is this; do we? Or better still; do you? So often our prayer life is focussed upon our needs, or the needs of those who are closest to us. The Apostle Paul encourages us to look beyond ourselves and our own immediate needs and to ensure that we spend time praying for the needs of our nation and for those who have been granted the responsibility to govern.
I encourage you then, to not only exercise your privilege of voting, but to take up the responsibility to pray. Let us together ask that the Lord would reveal his mercy and move in power in our nation again.
Yours in anticipation.