GOOD GOVERNMENT Genesis 1:26-28
“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and govern it.” (Genesis 1:28)
Daily we become more planet conscious. Everything from the degradation of the global environment to the horrors of people displacement through wars and sex trafficking. We are presented with the reality of sin 24/7 across myriad media networks.
In confusion and anger, I can feel aggrieved about an all powerful God whose omnipotence appears not to help the vulnerable. Over many years I have worked with a variety of organizations engaged in working with those at the margins of society. It’s easy after all this time to lose hope that any amount of investment and hard work can make a difference to our world.
Yet, returning to our creation mandate, I’m reminded that God commissioned and entrusted humanity with responsibility to govern our world. It is self evident that so much of the problems we face are a consequence of poor, often corrupt, decisions based upon selfishness.
It’s all too easy to feel powerless and abandon hope. Yet, remember we enjoy privileged access to God through Scripture and prayer. One aspect of living every day with Jesus is to carry our concerns to God in prayer. Living within Waverley Abbey House we have a 24/7 community prayer continually for God’s will and purpose across the world.
A simple response we can all make is to agree to pray with them wherever we are by saying the Lord’s prayer at noon. Set a reminder on your phone and pray with thousands of others around the globe. With international time difference, the Lord’s prayer will encircle God’s precious creation 24/7, and your voice will be amongst them. This is a practice encouraged by 24/7 and ourselves; pause and pray that God’s will might be done throughout the world.
PRAYER LINE: ‘Lord, may your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’
What global issue do you feel a strong commitment to pray for? (EDWJ)