Today is a new chapter in our country’s history. Today is the inauguration of a new president of the United States of America. Although some, no doubtedly did not vote for this candidate to lead our nation, we all know that we are to follow the advice of Paul when he wrote:
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior,  who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
Of course most of us know these verses. Sometimes I have to remind myself of these words of God's instructions when it comes to political leaders, whether it be local, state or national leaders, who I did not support with my vote. God wants me to do something that is much more powerful than casting my vote and that is to pray - to pray for them. God wants us to do that so that we can live "peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us that this type of life pleases God and Paul goes on to say, "who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."
That last phrase has an evangelistic tone to it. People coming to Jesus Christ is the most important thing in the world. God instructs us to pray for leaders so we can live "peaceful and quiet lives" (how well are we doing that in this political climate) "in all godliness and holiness." I have often wondered if we, the church, would follow these instructions, if we might see more people getting saved and coming to the "knowledge of the truth."
Last week's devotion I wrote was about praying. Today, I'm writing about praying. Let's pray!