Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Romans 13:1
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 

High King of Heaven,
Honor and thanks be to You forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the prominence and the power, and the greatness and the glory, and the majesty and the splendor for everything in heaven and on belongs to You. Sovereign King, You are renowned ruler of everything, and honored as head over all. There is no authority except that which You have established. In Your hand are wisdom, and knowledge, and strength that we are not meant to understand.

Since we are just sojourners in this land keep our hearts loyal to You. We need to remember that government is a temporary institution serving Your intentions. Since You command us to respect the governing authority, please help us by Your Spirit, to swallow our pride, set aside our differences and walk across the aisle in order to graciously bear witness to the rebellious powers, inviting them to abandon their death-dealing policies, and resume alignment with Your life-giving purposes. While "the powers" are not often able to "hear" critique because they are guided by self-interest and self-preservation, this does not release us, the church, from its hope-filled and lifelong mandate to expose the powers and invite them to restoration.

Help us, dear Lord, to live as responsible citizens who are worthy of Your name. May we be faithful witnesses to Your ongoing mission to order all creation according to Your purposes. We give You thanks and praise Your glorious name! Amen.

No matter who leads our nation, Republican or Democrat, Jesus is and will always be our King. He commands us to submit to governing authorities. That doesn't mean we sit back complacently and go along with every immoral idea. Rather, we stand up for righteousness, respectfully expose the powers, and invite them to restoration.

Pray for our leaders, and respect their authority.

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