Pray and forgive
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT)
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 a reality. Paul based his instruction about prayer for everyone on his conviction that God’s invitation for salvation extends equally to all people. The word everyone captures the nature of the gospel. The world that God loves includes every person (John 3:16). He loves us as individuals whom he knows intimately (Psalm 139:13-18). Paul urges us to pray for “all people.” Our earnest prayers will have powerful results (James 5:16).
We should pray for those in authority around the world so that their societies will be conducive to the spread of the Good News. (Tyndale Study Bible)
What amazes me is how people are critical of others. Nobody in this world is perfect. We all think we righteous at times. We get this idea in our minds that everybody and everything around us is in the wrong. So how do we measure to God’s righteousness?
You see, our relationship is not what we do for God, but what He does for us. He knows our needs better than we know ourselves. So we don’t need to pray for ourselves, rather pray for others.
A solution might be right before your eyes. We can be so one dimensional that we may never see it. Keep praying for others.
We don’t earn our salvation; it’s a gift from God. He gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. So all we have to do is believe and declare that.
What do we do when a taxi driver does wrong? We want to swear at him. Think about this – they are kings in customer service. They will stop anywhere to please their customers. It’s how we see things. Kindness and goodness is in us. How do you see things?
As God forgave our sins, we must be careful, because true forgiveness is key to our salvation. Forgiveness can separate us from the Grace of God. How much have we been forgiven? God’s forgiveness and grace is huge; we cant comprehend it.
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14 – 15 NLT)
Add to this His Generosity; He gave His Son to die for our sins.
Pray for all, forget about yourself, Forgive and be generous. We should strive, but wow do we fall short of the GLORY of GOD. Remember God lives in us.
“Lord, my prayer is that I consider everybody above myself. I pray for blessing for all. May forgiveness and generosity prevail in my hearts. I pray this so in all peoples hearts. In Jesus name. AMEN”