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August 6

1 Timothy 2,1 – 4

Something to read

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

New Revised Standard Version

To read the King James Version click here.

Something to think about

In the current climate, it is quite easy to assume that those in high positions – whether tycoons, bankers, politicians - are beyond hope, utterly corrupt and to be despised. At best they are the butt of all jokes.

It is the same around the world. When we think about the victims in war-torn countries, we judge the leaders who cause the problems.

Yet Paul urges Timothy to pray for them, even give thanks for them. Maybe we should even have compassion for them. It seems hard nowadays, doesn’t it? How often do we actually think about the high and mighty as human beings?

Something to do

When you are reading the papers or watching the news today, check your attitudes when they are talking about the powerful. What assumptions do you make about them?

Something to pray

While remembering the rich and powerful, pray this slightly adapted prayer of Alcuin of York (735-804CE)

Eternal light, shine into their hearts,
Eternal Goodness, deliver them from evil,
Eternal Power, be their support,
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of their ignorance,
Eternal Pity, have mercy upon them.

Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon. 

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