Thank God for Joe Biden
|Joe Biden, Projected President-Elect of the United States (at least, he is for now)|
Well, this has been quite the week.
Obviously, things are far from "over" as we all anticipate the inevitable legal and court battle over the election results. My anticipation is that things will stand as they are, with Joe Biden being the President-Elect of the United States. If there was no widespread voter fraud, then Biden is the legitimate President-Elect and should be dutifully sworn into office in January. But even if there was significant voter fraud that swung the election from Trump to Biden, I'm a bit skeptical that our system that allowed this to occur in the first place will be the knight in shining armor that comes to the rescue to vanquish the evil that is within. Therefore, I am preparing myself for a Joe Biden—and potentially/eventually a Kamala Harris—Presidency.
So, now what?
Now, we pray.
Up for the Challenge?
On November 1st, I taught a lesson from 1 Timothy 2 that has been a personal challenge for me, and I write here to challenge you with the same text:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. —1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV)
Notice a few details here
First, that this is behavior that Paul urges. Paul's whole letter was written about how the church should conduct herself (1 Tim 3:15), and the first thing that Paul writes is about praying for all, but especially for kings and others in authority.
Second, he uses a four-fold command about how to be praying for others: supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving. Though there is some overlap in these words, each word's meaning has its own nuance:
- Supplications are requests or entreaties. We come before the Lord asking him for things
- Prayers is a more general term that carries the idea of simply holding up someone/something before the Father
- Intercessions has the idea of praying on behalf of someone else, with their requests, needs, and desires in view, and
- Thanksgivings is just as it sounds: thanking God for these individuals.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. —Psalm 37:7-11 ESV (emphasis added)