1 Timothy 2:1-6
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made
for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.
God has blessed us in tremendous ways. One of the greatest ways we can praise God and let Him restore a blessed life within us is by thanking Him for the ways He has blessed us. As the old song goes…
“Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
We may not always like the things that are going on around us, but we still have much more to be thankful for. Being truly thankful changes our perspectives of our situations and restores hope in our future. Thanking God for the leaders He places over us acknowledges His sovereignty over our situations and helps us look for His good purposes to prevail. As that song goes on…
“So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.”
Father, Thank you for the many ways You have blessed me, my family, my church, my community, city and country. You have given me days of plenty and days of need. I have had good situations and difficult ones, but in them all You have been there with me.
Father, I thank you for… (name as many blessings you can think of)
Father, thank you for the leaders You will put in office in the coming weeks. I pray that You will bless them and be with them, whether they acknowledge You or not. I trust by your sovereign hand You will demonstrate your goodness and I thank you for your blessings. Amen.
This week we will be fasting and praying for our nation. If you would like a guide on how to fast you can get it here. Join us each night at 6:30pm for a time of prayer in the chapel. Friday night will be led by our Children’s ministry.