Friday, December 28, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 32

Day 32 - Friday, December 28th, 2018

Pray for Those in Authority

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone ~ for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

We are to pray for peaceful relationships with those in authority. If you're dealing with an incompetent or unfair boss, have you been praying for him or her regularly? Until you begin to truly pray for this person, you won't see much change in your attitude or in his or her behavior.

Smart employees understand that their job description includes making your boss look good. The world uses that principle as a manipulative tool, but we have other reasons for doing it. 1 Corinthians 13 describes the kind of love we are to develop in our lives ~ a love that is like God's love. That kind of love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:6-7).

As Christians, we are to ever be seeking to have God's love fill us and overflow through us to everyone in our lives, including our incompetent bosses. Therefore, we should try to make them look good because God's love motivates us to protect others from bad exposure, to delight in the good things they do, not the bad things, and to try to smooth over their mistakes whenever we can.

Can you begin today, by faith, to ask God to give you his love for your boss? Are you willing to allow God to give you the desire and the wisdom to want to make your boss look good, to promote his or her welfare? If you will take just that first step towards God in this area, you're going to discover that he will pour his grace into your life and enable you to do what now looks impossible.

Today's Challenge:
To pray for my boss, and to do everything I can to make him/her look good.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, today I want to respond to my boss in a Christ-like way. Please show me ways I can make my boss look good; please help me to avoid the negative talk that goes on about him or her. Give me the desire and the power to respond to the authority of my boss in the right way.

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