4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Php 4:4–9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Last year I wrote a sermon about prayer. While searching Google and Pinterest for pictures on the subject of prayer, I found that the vast majority of submissions under that keyword could be divided into 3 categories. (ranked by order of prevalence)
I think there is something uniquely human about the act of prayer. What I mean by that is, there is something about the act of prayer that makes us more human than when we do not pray. Prayer changes us, and here is a curious thing I am learning. We bring prayer to our politics, more and more often today it seems, hoping that prayer will change things around us. But I think there are problems in ourselves that grow out into our communities, that consume our national politics in such a way that our political problems will not and perhaps cannot change until we do. Our politics, whether we like it or not, may actually be just another symptom of the sin-sickness going on inside us all.
If that is true, their is no candidate that can cure our troubles (unless Jesus Himself runs for office). Perhaps it is time we become a society that does not wait for Christian politicians to lead us into the future of our country, but instead steps up to become a society whose encouragements and opportunities for leadership bring our politicians to a place where they recognize their own need for prayer, and the change that prayer will bring in their own lives.
Prayer does not just change things. Prayer changes us.
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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