Babies are born impatient. They want to be fed, comforted, and cared for immediately. And that is just as it should be.
We learn over time how to stand by, how to set our immediate needs aside - at least for a time - and wait for what we hope will come.
Learn now the patience that is necessary for your eventual good. God knows your needs, because God knows you.next >
Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
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Have you ever run for office? It takes equal parts boldness, ambition, and passion to be a leader. Many people choose to run for public office because they’re fed up with the current leadership. They are tired of waiting for change. Imagine living in a time when the national leader, such as a king, wasn’t elected, but presumed to be chosen by God (or gods). Where would you go with your anger and disappointment in that leader?
You would pray. Pray that God would select leaders who do God’s will. You would pray that God would choose leaders that treat the weak kindly, address injustice, defend the poor so that peace would abound. You would pray that the people, when given the privilege of choosing their leaders, would be wise.
What will you do while you wait for change? How will you pray for pastors, principals, presidents, and prophets?
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God of righteousness, I pray for wisdom and courage for our leaders. And Lord, should you call me into leadership, should you call me to speak up for the weak, instigate justice for the poor, or defend the accused, I pray you will provide me whatever is needed to be your servant. Amen.next >
We're waiting for a revolution;
Waiting for the impossible.
We're waiting for change,
For the coming of the One.
We're waiting to be told, "Yes,"
To be included.
Go with hope that,
Whatever you are waiting for,
God will answer
The prayer of your heart.
Erika Funk is a pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA, currently serving at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She created the Youth Initiative there, which invites young people to go deeper spiritually and theologically into mission. Erika finds God's peace in teenagers who ask a lot of questions, cups of tea, and the ocean.