This past Tuesday we had the 3rd Annual WV Capital Connection. Each year pastors, associate pastors and laymen go to our state capital and pray with delegates and senators. We also gave out Bibles to each contact as a token of our appreciation. We did not go with any political or personal agenda. We went to pray, encourage and be a help in any way possible to those that serve us in the state legislature.
Why do we go? We are instructed in 1st Timothy 2:1-6 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
As you study these verses you can see we are to pray for all and especially for all those in authority and the end result is “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” If that was not good enough to satisfy the next verse says “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” And if that was not enough for us to obey the next verse speaks of a Saviour “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” What more would a believer need to know to be obedient toward God and pray for those that are in authority over us? If you believe and if you obey you will read that we are to pray…not riot, destroy property, rant or hide behind a nonsensical post on social media. Believers are to pray.
We went to pray and try in some small way to show those that serve us that we care and are willing to help them. As I went from one to the other I was amazed at the warm reception and the welcoming spirit we received to pray with them. Each person shared their requests and joined us as we bowed in prayer. I was blessed by their concern for those they serve and the sincerity in which they serve.
Whether you agree with our elected official’s position or not the only instructions we have is to pray. Anything else goes against the word of God. Enjoy your coffee!
Love you all,
Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.