With the momentous events in Canberra last week, it is good to be reminded that as Christians, the very first way for us to participate in democracy is to pray for the governing authorities. Paul writes to Timothy:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour.” (1 Tim. 2:1-3 NIV)
It is with good reason, then, that our Prayer Book always includes prayer for the Queen and all her representatives. God has put all governments in place, and he overrules all that they do. Proverbs goes so far as to say:
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. (Prov. 21:1 ESV).
During the week I had the pleasure of meeting our State government MP, the Hon. Bruce Notley-Smith. He is keenly aware of the privilege and responsibility attached to his position, and was encouraged to hear that our congregation prays for him regularly.
Can I urge you to pray for our new Prime Minister and for all whom God has given to govern us. In spite of the disappointment we may sometimes feel, God still has given us one of the best systems of government in the world, and for this we should be grateful.
In brief, we will farewell Veralene from her office role at a special morning tea after 9.30 am church in two weeks’ time, on Sunday 9th September. Please plan to come, and to bring a plate if you can.