Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Dear Friends & Church Family!
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1–4).
As we approach the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, I am reminded of Paul’s words to Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1-4. “I urge that supplications, prayers, and intercession, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions.” America’s principles and way of life are under assault, so I encourage you to pray each day for our President, congressmen, senators, governors, mayors, and all elected officials. Include prayers of special protection for our military personnel, law enforcement, and first responders. Finally, say a special prayer of comfort for the families of those soldiers, first responders, and law enforcement officers who recently have been killed in the line of duty.
While you are praying, don’t lose sight of where we are supposed to draw our strength. Our goal as believers is summed up in Paul’s words, “it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Don’t be distracted by world politics or the nightly news; instead, focus your energies on the gospel and leading people to Christ.
Paul explained it well when he wrote, “You are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19–20). Our allegiance is to Christ’s coming kingdom. We are strangers and aliens in this world and our citizenship is in heaven. This means we must set our hope on heaven, and not on earthly powers or people.
On Sunday, September 12, we will have a special altar call and time of prayer during the morning worship service for our nation. I hope that you will be able to join us.
With that thought in mind, let me leave you with this promise from Jesus: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Don’t let the pain and evil of this world demoralize and discourage you. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has overcome the world.
God bless you, Pastor Rob