First of All Pray

Mon July 4, 2016 · Comments

Paul says, “First of all…pray!” Pray with supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings. That is some rich prayer. Not just a simple saying grace over the burgers but getting on our knees and spending significant time in prayer. And for whom are we meant to pray? For all people!  Not just for our families but for our neighbors, for those who might be perceived as enemies, for people in the red states and in the blue states. “All people” is pretty all-inclusive! And we are urged to pray for “kings and all who are in high positions.” Again, not just the people in high positions that we like, or approve of, or are not afraid of or suspicious of… we are urged by Paul to pray for the whole lot of them. 

Why do we pray? We pray so that we may lead peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way. We forgive, we beseech, we intercede, we give thanks for peaceful lives and somehow our praying is also part of our answer. God hears us and answers us. But also as we pray, we become more aligned with Him and our perspective on life and people is changed. Our heart beats with His.

May God bless America this year with more intercessors, with more followers of Christ who live out His heart, His mercy, His love in our families, our neighborhoods, our towns, and our cities throughout this nation. We pray to the Lord because we know that He is our hope. We pray because we know He hears us. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for?

Happy Fourth of July! God bless America!

Elizabeth Schenkel has been actively involved in Christian ministry on three continents over the past 39 years. From 1974 to 1996, she worked alongside her husband, Erick Schenkel, to plant a thriving church and launch an innovative elementary and junior high school in Massachusetts. From 1996 to 2007 Elizabeth and Erick lived and worked in Central Asia.

In 2007, they moved to France and then to Turkey to serve in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Turkic and Persian world. In April of 2012 they moved to Orlando where Erick is serving as Executive Director of Jesus Film Project®. They have five children and two grandchildren. Elizabeth attended Duke University and is fluent in Russian, with a working knowledge of French. She works as a screen writer with Jesus Film Project.

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