Mission Highlight: Thank you, Rebecca, for leading us in praying for our leaders this Sunday. In case you missed it, the transcript is copied below:
Micah 6:8 says "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
It is only the second month of a new year, but I personally have already felt pretty stressed during this time of transition of national leadership. This verse from Micah gives me comfort, and helps me pause my thoughts to reorient them on helpful, more spiritual paths. God has shown us what is good, and what services we should render for Him. The act of showing justice for those in need, or showing love and kindness to those hurting, are tangible things I can work on in my personal life regardless of who is in power. I am also convicted to pray for our new President and his staff, that they would also be shown by God what is good. That God would show them His definition of justice, and that new policies and platforms would built around Biblical love and Biblical kindness.
I also want to read Psalm 9:9. It says that "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." God is able to be that for people no matter who is in power politically. God is able to be a refuge no matter who is seated in power locally. God and his ability to be a stronghold transcend Earthly leadership. To me, this is also a conviction, because I know God is powerful to prevail for the oppressed without human intervention. But, as we read from Micah 6:8, I want to walk humbly with God on His mission for justice. I want to be galvanized to action, working humbly through God's power to do what He has said is good.
Will you pray with me for our leaders, and that we all should desire to walk humbly with God to deliver kindness and justice to those who need it? "Father, I pray that you would convict us of areas in which we have not recognized your good. I pray that you would prepare our hearts and open our eyes to see areas in which we can better show your justice and kindness. May we lead by example in our own lives, as we also pray this prayer for President Trump and our other state and local leaders. May the small actions we make through your power be living examples, so that our nation and our leaders see how you can be a refuge in times of trouble. In your name we pray, Amen."