Transformed by a Miracle of Grace

Yesterday in our PrayerMinder, we were led to pray for our leaders. Pastor Mark—in his video—asked us to think of the politician we don’t like (whoever he or she may be, and on whichever side of the line they are), and begin to pray for them. I was thinking about this as I was reading an old devotional this morning, which opened by speaking about the redemption of Saul of Tarsus. 

It is very important for us to consider that prior to his conversion, the early church was probably praying to God regarding Saul of Tarsus. But they were probably praying for God’s wrath and Saul’s destruction, as he was making havoc of the church through persecution. But God’s intent was not Saul’s destruction, but his salvation.

Years after his conversion, when he would come to be known as Paul the Apostle, he would write:
 
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviorwho desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
– 1 Timothy 2:1-4

In times like these, especially during an election season, it is easy for us to become irritated, upset, frustrated, and angry about politics. But might I encourage (and exhort) you to—first of all—pray for the salvation of our leaders. God desires their salvation. And if they were transformed (as was Saul of Tarsus) by the grace and power of God, their worldview and politics would change too. 
16 replies
  1. Cheryl Buffington
    Cheryl Buffington says:

    Thank you Miles, for your never ending encouragement and brilliant teaching of God’s Word.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jeanne DeB!! I love you and am so thankful for our friendship! Cenote soon…!

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  2. Lisa Koch
    Lisa Koch says:

    Happy Birthday Jeanne!
    We’ve been friends for a whole lotta years and what a blessing that is. What a blessing you have been to me in countless ways over these years! I pray that your birthday is special and that your heart is full!
    Love you dear one!
    Lisa

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  3. Amy Fogleman
    Amy Fogleman says:

    Happy Birthday, Jeanne!!! Praying it is full of God’s love and blessings. Thank you for the wonderful prayers and advice you’ve always given me.

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