By Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | August 21, 2017
“It is easy to criticize and find fault with the conduct of kings, and write furious articles against them in newspapers, or make violent speeches about them on platforms. Any fool can rip and rend a costly garment, but not every man can cut out and make one. To expect perfection in kings, prime ministers, or rulers of any king, is senseless and unreasonable. We would exhibit more wisdom if we prayed for them more, and criticized less.” J.C. Ryle
J.C.Ryle (John Charles Ryle) was born May 10, 1816 and lived until June 10, 1900. He was an evangelist, a pastor, and a writer, authoring many books. While his above-mentioned quote is from many years ago, it is very relevant to the goings on of today. We are living in rapidly changing, and difficult times. Although it seems each generation before us has said that very same thing, today’s changes seem different, moving more negative and divisive than ever before. Society has become critical of our leaders, unwilling to work with or support them if the views are not fully their own. News stories are published in the media, not to report fact, but to slander and further the opposing agenda. Society seems to be collapsing, and in many ways going backwards; with ethical and moral decay growing exponentially. Now more than ever is the need for prayer for our leaders, for each other, and for the acceptance and following of Jesus Christ.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you..” (Psalm 32:8 ESV)
Tomorrow, on August 22, 2017, the City of Phoenix will host a visit from President Trump. Before, during, and even after this event, let us pray for peace, understanding, and tolerance among all that attend, and even those not attending this event. Let us also pray for our leaders, whether you support them or not, for the Lord’s guidance as they discharge their duties of office. Each of us, as citizens of the United States of America, are afforded a powerful right; the freedom of speech. It is incumbent upon all that exercise that right, to exercise it peacefully and responsibly, and allows others to exercise that right as well. We may not agree with what another person says, their religious practices, or their political position, but remember, the final authority to judge one another rests solely with God.
“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14 KJV)
Lord we pray for the safety of our police officers, and first responders, as they oversee the events of tomorrow and they work to ensure the safety of all those attending. While the people attending the event may not agree with one another, may they be peaceful and tolerant of each other as they also present their views. We pray for our leaders, for their strength, for their safety, and for Your guidance as they make important decisions and discharge the duties of their office.
In the name of Jesus we pray,