Happy Fourth of July! What a blessing it is to have freedom! Today is the day we celebrate indepence, freedom. I was reading the following Scripture out of 1 Timothy 2 today which says, "1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God's mercy upon them, and give thanks. 2 Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message that God gave to the world at the proper time."
Paul is charging Timothy (his spiritual son and pastor of the church in Ephesus) to get serious about prayer. He charges Timothy first of all to pray for those who are in authority over you. For over 200 years men and women have prayed for this country and for its leaders. When our leaders are operating according to God's leading it results in 'peace and quietness.' To be able to go on a walk in your neighborhood in peace and quietness is a a gift from God. It's in this environment that we have opportunities to freely live out the life Christ wants us to live and to freely share the good news that Jesus 'gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone.' So today let's thank God for this gift of 'peace and 'quietness' and let's thank Him and pray for our leaders and public servants who have paved the way for us and who lead us today. May you have a blessed fourth!