Happy Thanksgiving! May God pour out His blessings and His presence upon you as you remember all the blessings He has already given you and give Him thanks!
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people 1 Timothy 2:1
Prayer is one thing that most believers know they should be doing more of. There are volumes of books written on how a person should pray or what they should pray. One thing that is common is specifically worded prayers. The Lord’s Prayer is one that can be heard all over. People pray it without even thinking about it or what it says.
Many people do pray, but they pray when times are tough. They will also pray that God will strike their enemies and get rid of their enemies. Believers will pray that certain people will be removed from official positions or that a certain person will be placed into position. While all of these prayers are good, there is more to be done in prayer.
Along with praying about someone else, people need to give thanks for all people. Right now, many people will rise up and rebel against this. They don’t see a reason to give God thanks for a person in position who is not living or working for God directly. They do not want to give thanks for the person who is making their life tough. Yet, this is what God wants.
Every person is placed on this earth where they are by God’s power. Those in government positions are there because God has a purpose for them to be there, regardless of how good or bad the person is.
Many rise up in rebellion against a president, yet, forget that God put him there. Believers are to thank God for that person, rather than fight him or curse him. God will use even the ungodly to fulfill His purpose in the lives of people and nations. This includes not only a president, but also every other person on this earth.
Take time each day to pray for all people around you and around this world. Every person needs Jesus. Every person has a purpose in God’s plan. Pray that they will know God’s will for their lives. And then give thanks for that person or group of people.
It does not matter if the person is a common no-name person or the leader of a nation, prayer and give thanks for every one. In this way God’s plan will be fulfilled on this earth.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will see God’s hand in the lives of every person; that you will pray God’s will for every person; that you will thank God for every person in your life; and that you will be His witness to every one.