It’s not easy to fight the battle well.
It’s not easy to consistently stay in line with God and keep the faith.
It’s not easy when so many others around me reject God,
or shipwreck their faith with really bad decisions.
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul challenges Timothy to fight his battle well and hold onto his faith. And then he tells Timothy to pray for all people, including the kings and all of those in authority.
How much different would our country be if everyone prayed for our government leaders instead of criticizing them and spending all of our energy spreading the scandals? I think we would be pleasantly surprised by how much God can do in correcting the things that are wrong in our government and in our world. If we would pray.
Paul tells us that our prayers please God who wants all people to be saved by knowing the truth. “Therefore, I want people everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.”
It’s almost the new year. Let’s fight the battle well in 2018.
May the way we fight the battle please you, Abba Father.