Everyone’s a critic these days…
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. – 1 Timothy 2:2-3 (MSG)
In today’s world of social media it’s easy to be a critic, and especially to be critical of those in authority. Everyone from school principals to presidents have their decisions questioned, criticized, and picked apart online. Much of that criticism will be unproductive– nothing more than complaining, and gossiping. The dirty laundry of every leader seems to be hung out to dry for all the world to critique.
Will you be adding to the chatter?
Instead of wasting your time judging your leaders, I want you to pray for them.
When they have a decision to make, pray that they will have wisdom. When they make a mistake, pray that they will have the humility to repent. When you disagree with them, pray that good counsel will overcome bad decisions.
In the United States, a new president has just begun his term. You can be sure that his every action will be under scrutiny. Instead of being someone constantly critical, commit to being a different type of person. Be a person who prays when they could gossip. Bring your petitions to me instead of complaining. Make a habit out of lifting up your leaders to the highest authority.
This is how I want you to live your life – in prayer and communication with me, about your leaders, about your neighbors, about your family, about every aspect of your life. Will you choose to walk this high road? I’m listening, all you have to do is start talking.
Catalyst For Spiritual Growth
1 – Would you consider yourself critical? Why or why not? Does your social media feed reflect this self assessment?
2 – Read “Seven Ways to Pray for Your Leaders”.
3 – A good prayer:
Eternal God, Fount of wisdom,
we ask you to bless the national leaders we have elected,
grant that through their discussions and decisions
we may solve our problems effectively,
enhance the well-being of our nation,
and achieve together a fairer and more united society.