In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge, which you can read about here. Today let’s focus on giving thanks for two particular branches of government.
Day 9 – Give Thanks for Judicial and Legislative Government
I’m sure now that elections are over, politics are the last thing you want to think about. But, whether we like it or not, the world of politics is continually moving. And though we may bemoan the polarity of our divided nation, we can give thanks for the opportunity to elect our representatives, and we can give thanks for the right to a fair trial.
You may take time to get out exercise your right and privelege to vote, but let me ask you this- do you take time to exercise your right and privelege to pray for your government leaders? Do you know the names of your judges and elected officials, and do you pray for them? God tells us that praying for government leaders is the best and first responsibility of good Christian citizens. He also tells us our prayers for their salvation is an evidence of God’s desire that all men come to Christ. When we intercede for our national leaders, we demonstrate God’s heart of compassion for the lost.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Challenge: Thank God for your judicial and legislative leaders, praying for them and their families by name. Send one of them a quick note, telling him/her you are praying for him/her.