Monday, March 8, 2010

Daily devotional: Pray for all people

Scripture
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT

Observation
I have so many opportunities to pray for people but take so few of those opportunities. I can pray for friends, colleagues, family, people in the news, and everyone in my government, from the President on down to local government. It is easier to criticize or ignore government officials' decisions and actions, but what I need to do is pray for them.

Application
Pray for all people, including all government officials. Ask God to help them, and intercede on their behalf.

Prayer
Holy Spirit, please help me grow more selfless and make praying for others a growing part of my prayer life. Please bring people to mind and show me when there are good opportunities to spend time in prayer. I love you!

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