Prayer and Thanksgiving

Written by: Conny Varga

As our nation soon celebrates its “birthday”, I couldn’t help but think how blessed we are in this country. We have an abundance of food and other material goods, we have the freedom to pursue our dreams without being stifled by a caste system, we have no extreme persecution, our country is not torn by war. The beauty of nature that God has given us here from coast to coast, and the beautiful people we get to share this country with, are all blessings beyond description.

And yet, we can easily fall into the trap of taking all these good things for granted, to start complaining about the weather, our income, our neighbours, or the government. Many of us are “back-seat drivers” when it comes to politics, and many a time we think we can solve the world’s problems around the dinner table. For sure, we could run this country better than Prime Minister So-and-So! This must have been a common human behaviour for millennia, since the apostle Paul saw it fit to address this issue in his first letter to Timothy:

“I urge, then, all, that petitions first of, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:1-4)

He instructs all to intercede and be thankful for all people – including our government. Ouch! That is something I definitely don’t remember to do often enough! How different our country might be if we all took this seriously. What would or could change, if we started to pray for all leaders, great or small, good or bad, and truly asked God to bless them, working on their lives, changing their hearts and minds if necessary to see His Truth and live according to it? What if we gave thanks for the authorities over us and showed our appreciation for them? What if the welfare of our country was on our regular list of “prayer requests”? The Bible tells us that it is God Who places rulers into their positions – and removes them as He sees fit – and that He accomplishes His plan through the authorities in this world.

When we fall into the habit of complaining about the rulers over us, but forget to pray for them, we are not helping matters and are, in fact, griping about God’s design and plan.

This holiday weekend, let’s take the time to stop and pray for our government and all the authorities God has placed over us, thanking Him for each one of them – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and praying for their realization and acknowledgement of the Truth, and the welfare of our country.

May we join in the prayer that has become the last stanza of our national anthem:

 

Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,

Hold our Dominion within thy loving care;

Help us to find, O God, in thee

A lasting, rich reward,

As waiting for the better Day,

We ever stand on guard.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

 

May we always bring our government, our country, and the welfare of the people before God, thanking Him for all the blessings and asking for His grace upon us.

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