Today is Thursday, September 15th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4744

""Pray much for others; 
plead for God's mercy upon them;
give thanks for all he is going to do for them.
Pray in this way for kings and all others
who are in authority over us,
or are in place of high responsibility,
so that we can live in peace and quietness, 
spending our time in godly living
and thinking much
about the Lord."

~ 1 Timothy 1:1 - 3 LAB

Bible Commentary:   Although God is all-powerful and all-knowing, he has chosen to let us help him change the world through our prayers. How this works is a mystery to us because of our limited understanding, but it is reality. Paul (writer) urges us to pray for each other and for our leaders in government. Our earnest prayers will have powerful results.

"Paul's command to pray for rulers was remarkable  considering that Nero was emperor at this time. Nero was a notoriously cruel emperor. He needed a scapegoat for the great fire that destroyed much of Rome in A.D. 64, so to take the focus off himself he blamed the Roman Christians. Persecution erupted throughout the Roman Empire. Not only were Christians denied certain privileges in society, some were even publicly butchered, burned, or fed to animals. Social ostracism was widespread. When Paul wrote this letter, persecution was a growing threat to believers."

God, we pray today for our leaders. We pray especially fir President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill;
for Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas;
We pray for former president Donald Trump
and his wife Melania;
for former vice-president Mike Pence
and his wife, Karen.
For the UK royalty including King Charles III and his family.
We plead to You for your mercy upon each of them.
We give thanks for all You are going to do for, and through, each of them.
In Jesus, Name.