Prayer and Government

This morning I had the privilege of doing the invocation during the ceremony of the turn-over of command of the outgoing City Police Director to the incoming officer-in-charge. I prayed in line with 1 Tim. 2: 1-3, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peacable life, godly and respectful in everyway. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” Both the mayor and the vice-mayor were there, a couple of city councilors, high-ranking regional and provincial police officers and a lot of media people.

After the invocation, the outgoing City Police Director gave his speech. During his term he had achieved quite a lot for the people of the city in terms of peace and order. In fact, when their turn to speak came, the mayor and the representative of the Regional Police Director, praised him for a job well done. But what was significant was that during his speech, the outgoing City Police Director gave the glory to God. The Vice-Mayor who is a devoted Christian and a laypreacher himself was listening attentively while the City Police Director expressly praised and thanked God for whatever good he had accomplished during his term. And after the ceremonies were over I walked up to the Vice-Mayor who was busy talking to the newly installed Officer-in-Charge of the City Police about the possibility of continuing the Bible study for the policemen and women of the city, which was begun during the outgoing City Police Director’s term. I got the chance to shake their hands before excusing myself – but what I want to say is it really gladdens my heart to know that we have people in government who acknowledge the Lord in their lives and in their calling as public servants and who are not afraid to praise him in public as the One who deserves all the glory for whatever they have accomplished as public servants.

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