Sunday, August 21
2 Kings 2: 23, 24 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” he turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.
Prayer: Lord God, may we give honor and respect where they are due.
Thought for the day: To lack the blessing of God is to be exposed to untold harms.
Monday, August 22
Exodus 22:28 Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.
Prayer: Lord God, we would bless you and those you set in authority over us.
Thought for the day: If we cannot give respect, how can we expect respect?
Tuesday, August 23
Romans 13:1-2 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
Prayer: Lord, may our acts of simple obedience bring respect to you, our Lord.
Thought for the day: If God could speak of Cyrus as his anointed (Isaiah 45:1), then God may have a plan for our rulers today.
Wednesday, August 24
Titus 3:1, 2 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
Prayer: Lord, may others see in our good citizenship our faithfulness to you.
Thought for the day: For others our attitude toward authority can be an example of faith or an excuse for unbelief.
Thursday, August 25
I Timothy 2:1, 2 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Prayer: Lord God, we pray for the wellbeing of our leaders and the safekeeping of our community.
Thought for the day: In a peaceful environment shouting is not required for hearing to occur.
Friday, August 26
Proverbs 29:4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.
Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for the homeland peace our leaders protect.
Thought for the day: Many foreign refugees who cannot recite a pledge of allegiance would gladly exchange places with those U.S. citizens who will not.
Saturday, August 27
Mark 12:17 then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
Prayer: Jesus, help us to know and fulfill our obligations to God first and country thereafter.
Thought for the day: Why does our U.S. currency say, “In God we trust”?