This post is well overdue. I do apologize for keeping you all waiting. My posting habits will likely be different over the next two and a half months.
I’m writing this from Japan. I took advantage of some free time out of a mostly busy volunteer schedule. Depending on the level of enthusiasm in the comments, I may or may not share more about where I am and what I’m doing. So let me know if that’s something you’re interested in.
Thinking about prayer…
There are a handful of blogs that I read regularly because they edify my Christian walk. Until yesterday, I was more than a week behind. Then I read Hosanna’s post about prayer and was greatly encouraged by it. If you haven’t already read it, I encourage you to hop on over there and do so now.
As I finished reading, God brought to mind a passage from His Word. I have since been digging into it:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
There’s at least one list that appears as early as the first verse of the passage:
I see this as a list of ways that Paul urges us to communicate with God regarding “all people”, including kings and other authority figures…
Or perhaps Paul’s intention in using a list wasn’t to make distinctions between different kinds of prayer but to emphasize how important this prayer is. What do you think?
On another note, I’m thinking that I will lean more heavily on the Word of God over the next few months and lean less heavily on my own observations, interpretations, and comments. Please bear with me as I try to figure out how blogging fits into this new season of my life.