“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I remember a mentor of mine once told me that we should always pray for our elected officials even if we do not like them. He was a state representative and ran for governor at one time and no matter how strongly he felt about an issue, he would lift up his opponents and those who disagreed in prayer. He was a great Christian and human being.
In the current climate we dismiss anyone who thinks differently than us. Our disagreements turn into despisement and even hatred towards one another. We put up signs with pictures of politicians and dress them up like Hitler. We speak angrily and with deep vitriol about leaders and others we disagree with. We lock into our beliefs and instead of engaging in dialogue, we seek to debate and win the debate.
Today, pray for our leaders and especially for the party or leaders you disagree with most. Pray for others who you have had disagreement with. Pray for yourself that you can be more of a listener than a talker, that you seek compromise verses debate. Give thanks for those who serve our country and world even if you disagree.
I Timothy 2:1-2 – 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.