Do we pray?

BY: STACI LANDIS

"The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live."

1 Timothy 2:1 (MSG)

I've recently experienced a renewed awareness of the difference between what culture and society tells us versus what the word of God tells us. 

As I scroll through Facebook, Twitter, etc., I see post after post containing news and articles about the latest scandal or the latest political and social issues. I see dozens of various thoughts and opinions offering advice on what we should do about it all and advice on how to think.

This morning I was reading 1 Timothy during my study time. When I got to 1 Timothy 2:1, I stopped after reading that verse. I was convicted about how I proceed after I read posts and hear about issues, politics and/or people in our culture. I realized that I rarely stop and just pray.

It's such a different way to proceed than our human nature leads us to believe we should. Our human nature tells us to share the information or the article! Like the article! Argue against the article or information! Gossip about the person and/or info! But, pray for the situation, information and/or people?!

Prayer changes things because prayer changes us. Prayer brings us before a holy God and allows us to hold out our empty hands and admit that we do not have the answers.  We can't fix people. We can't fix this broken culture. We can't fix human nature. It gives us the courage to admit that we are sinful. That we need grace and mercy just like the next person.

Ultimately, the word of God reminds us that prayer gives us peace.

"Donโ€™t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience Godโ€™s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)