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“How should I pray for the government?” That’s a questions many Christians ask themselves. Sadly, when it comes to politics, generations of church people in America have said, “We’re just hoping this political party can fix this mess….” or “We’re just hoping and praying such-and-such a group can fix it.”

Well, the politicians, whether Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, or some other affiliation, are not God. They’re only here to govern, and the government cannot create or change anything permanently. Real change, whether in the political, economic, or spiritual realm, only happens when the Church begins to pray and believe God. We’re the ones with real authority, and we’ve been given that authority by the Name of Jesus.

The problem is, we haven’t known what to do with it.

When it comes to praying for the government, we first need to remember 1 Timothy 2:1-2. In these scriptures, the Apostle Paul explained our responsibility as citizens of heaven and citizens of earth: “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”

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"Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn't cover up bad work." (Colossians 3:22-25 MSG)

This is for employees everywhere! Let’s look at seven things we, as Christians, are called to do when it relates to our work, according to the passage above in Colossians:

Do What You’re Told:
Do what you have been hired and asked to do. Don’t question every directive. Don’t argue. Don’t sulk. If you will do what you are told time and time again, your boss will trust you and you’ll soon be in line for promotion.

Don’t Just Do the Minimum:
Always go the extra mile and cover all the bases. Don’t turn in work that is not done. Don’t miss deadlines. Pick up the pace. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t make your boss have to follow up with you or track down your progress – give it to him or her before the deadline. When you go over and above, time and time again, your boss will take note of you and you'll set a great example for others.

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I was recently at a restaurant with a friend who was on a diet. We all know that eating at most public restaurants while trying to lose weight can be a challenge. But this trip to the restaurant gave me spiritual revelation. As my friend looked over the menu, these words kept coming out of his mouth. “I can’t have that. Oh my, that looks good, but I can’t have that. Oh my goodness, I sure would want some of that, but I can’t have that either.”

While he was looking at the menu I heard the Spirit speak to my heart and say, “That’s the way some of My people are. They focus their lives on what they shouldn’t have but desire, and then choose to resist it because it’s wrong. Instead I want them to focus on what they can have and choose what is right because their heart is right and they love Me.”

Legalism guides you to what you should have by telling you what you can’t have. But grace guides you to what you should have by showing you the goodness of the gift. Two people can be in the same restaurant and both be eating a healthy meal. While one is eating healthy, after fighting an internal battle to put down the flesh and the desire for unhealthy food, the other is eating the healthy food because they enjoy good health and pleasing God. Even though both people are eating the same healthy meal, one person leaves the restaurant totally unsatisfied as a result of the battle to overcome the rules and regulations of what they should not eat, while the other leaves the restaurant satisfied.

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