Prayer for progress in government

Bruce Fitzwater, C. S. B.

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“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (I Tim. 2:1, 2) is the touchstone of this chat. Bruce makes the point that spiritually based prayer and action can be the most effective power in world affairs. He says, “Very few of us have the opportunity to serve in major leadership posts in our government, but we can all pray and through our prayers we can affect government. The love that we express in our lives and what we’re led to by our prayers, these deeds are also immensely effective.”

During the chat Bruce responds to questions such as prayer that will address feeling overwhelmed by national and international issues because they seem so big and beyond individual control. Other topics include concern over dishonesty, dissension, and hatred in and toward governments, addressing abject poverty in the world, helping to eliminate greed and corruption in government, no matter what the country, and how to respond to news media reactions to government decisions, and whether or not it’s possible to be involved in a protest and at the same time be praying for government.

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