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.~1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIV
Thoughts on today's verse...
Have you ever had a 'problem' with someone and you knew you should pray for them but just couldn't? I have. Numerous times.
When I finally submit to the Spirit, become obedient and pray for the person something happens. Oh, maybe not to the problem person, but generally to me. The Lord changes my heart and my attitude towards that person.
I'm not saying this person becomes my best, truest and most trusted confidant, but generally my heart is softened and I'm not quite as critical. I strive harder to consider what that person is going through - be it at work or at home. With all of this in mind, there are times that the best course of action to just to stay away from that person so that tempers and personalities don't flare.
Generally speaking, cats and dogs are natural enemies. They can and often do cohabitate together in the same home environment. But that's not saying that sometimes the cat doesn't take a swipe at the dog (and then act rather smug about it). I sometimes describe those personalities that I have difficulties with as "oil and water". And this means both of our personalities. They don't mix very well and will separate when left to themselves. And that is an OK thing. God has made each of us and our personalities - we are unique! Max Lucado wrote, "What makes us special is the signature of God in our lives."
Father God, Abba, Daddy... I am not perfect. You above all others know this to be true. Sometimes I have personality conflicts with others - be it at work or in the church. Lord, help me to bring these issues before you, to pray about them. Help me to remember that You love that person as much as You love me. I'm not asking that You change them, but change my heart and my attitude. In Jesus' name I pray ~Amen!
Yours, because we're His,