Writing a devotional thought is a very complex undertaking. While attempting to keep the topic interesting, the writer also tries to be brief because we fully understand the short attention span of most readers. To top it off, it should be motivational, urging one to devoting more time and energy to the work of getting the message of the gospel out. Well, this devotional will be short. If you are interested in investing time for the good of others, this thought should spur you onward. Ernest prayer is the topic. And prayer can and will change things! Here’s my challenge for you.
With increasing tension between law enforcement and special interest groups, let’s commit to praying today and all week for the Republican National Convention! It makes no difference what party you prefer, Democrat, Republican, Independent or none at all, we must pray for all political gatherings as these ‘hot spots’ provide the kindling for explosive trouble where concerned citizens gather to do the business of politics. Before we know it, we will be praying for the Democrats as they gather to conduct their business. And each time we see large crowds gathering, we know large numbers of law enforcement officers will be positioned to protect and defend our American right to assemble.
What does praying for political peace have to do with getting the message of the gospel out? A portion of the message was summed up by Jesus in Matthew 5:43, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” What greater challenge do we need? This message is ours to carry to the world around us.
Please join with me in prayer that sometimes we just have to agree to disagree without bringing harm to others. Sometimes we must love others when we don’t like them very much. Prayer may not change the situations around us, but maybe it will change our hearts and when the heart is changed, we become much closer to sharing God’s message of love. Won’t you join me?