《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “I urge, then, first of all, 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.” (1Ti 2:1-2)
Meditation one: Why the petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving made for all people, kings and those in authority would be the first thing a church should do? It is because that is the will of God. The Lord Jesus wants us to pray first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Do not worry whether Lord Jesus will take care of you or not. When you are praying for all people, God has already taken care of your needs. Don’t underestimate your intercession. God can flip everything that is impossible.
Meditation two: Why a Christian’s intercession is a privilege as well as a responsibility? It is because prayer not only brings us closer to God the Father, but also declares that we are God’s children. He will never withhold from us any of His blessings. When we laborer together with God, we have the responsibility to love what He loves and do what He does. When we are called to be God’s priests, we will serve Him with intercessions, pray for God’s kingdom and bring in the Lord’s blessings.
Prayer: Lord Jesus! Forgive me the sin of not praying, and forgive me for criticizing and judging what I have heard or encountered, but I have not fulfilled my duty to pray for them. I also ask for Your forgiveness for my short sights in prayer that often focused around “my” needs only. Please help me to expand my vision in prayers, not only for myself, my family, the church, but also for all the aspects in education, politics, commerce, sports, entertainments, media, and others, so that God’s will can be done, as in heaven, so in earth. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, Amen!