When it comes time to ante up, you want to be able to back up your words with actions. It is not a good thing ever to say, "Do as I say and not as I do." Keeping a hedge between your talk and your walk means that you cannot be trusted.
Today, election day for some of us--especially here in the Kansas City, MO, metro area--means walking the talk--or vote, in this case--and standing fast in a shifting mess of all kinds of detritus. It means being civil with uncivil people, who think shouting you down and cursing you is acceptable behavior. How do we respond in such a dog fight?
- Pray for courage to follow as God leads us in His Word.
- Pray for those who oppose you, as they have believed the lies that are spread about Christ's followers.
- Pray for those who want to represent and govern in God-pleasing ways.
- Pray for Christians throughout the world, especially those who suffer for being followers of Jesus Christ.
- Pray for your congregation, your pastor, your family and all those who bear the name of Christ locally.
- Pray for you communities, schools, businesses and government that they stand to work properly to serve those entrusted to them.
- Pray that the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen continue to be broadcast throughout the world, but also in your community.
- Pay for the Holy Spirit and wisdom that causes you to be constant in God's Word and receiving His gifts through the Holy Church.
Be calm in strife; be constant in prayer; be loving with others; be faithful to the Faithful One, Jesus the Christ, who loved you first, best and always. He is the Faithful and True One.
Revelation 19:11Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.