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John Collins01/10/2013In this day and age of political separation, crumbling economy, dying workforces, and seemingly mindless decisions by our government, it is very easy to point fingers to the man in charge for his one too many mistakes.  As a human, that is the first instinct.  Many times if we take a step back, and examine the situation through the Bible, we find that it is our own hearts we need to examine rather than casting blame on situations that we only have a portion of the information.  

If we read 1 Timothy 2, we find the underlying problem for this nation's unrest.  

To Timothy, Paul writes that we should be offering prayers, supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings to all people.  It does not say that we should pray for only for our "little flock," "little bride," friends and family.  Paul says that our prayers to all people affect not only those we pray for, but ourselves as well.

Paul says to pray for kings in high positions so that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life.  Our prayers to those in authority enable us to live a godly life, dignified in every way.  Not only was it a request of Paul alone, Paul says that prayers for our authority is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth.

Paul stresses the importance of the Truth, something that has been forsaken by many evangelists, false prophets, and even pastors over time.  Paul says that there is only one God, and we are mortals.  Standing in between God and men is the man Christ Jesus, who paid a ransom for all mankind.  Because of the work Christ did at the cross, Paul was appointed a preacher and an apostle.  He stressed the fact that he was telling the truth and not lying, for he was to be a teacher of the Gentiles in both faith and Truth.

In every place, Paul says that men should lift up holy hands in prayer, and without anger or quarreling.  We should be pleasing in the sight of God.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we taken Paul's advice?  How many people talking about the mistakes of the president are on their knees before God at night, praying that God would lead and guide this leader of our nation?  How many people pray that he would learn wisdom from those mistakes and keep from making the next one?  How many ministers lead their congregations in prayer for this nation, praying that we are able to continue our Christian lifestyles in a country quickly growing with false religion?  How many pray for those in the false religion, that they may turn to Christ?  Are our pastors praying for the few in their corner of the room, or are they praying for everyone in the room so that their flock can come out from hiding in the corner?