Collect for the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany Part II

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As we prayed in this prayer, God is our governor. The responsibility God places upon us in relation to proper respect and honor for those that have authority over us is important. We do not idolize our leaders.  Rather, whether we agree with them or not, whether they are a Nero Caesar or a George Washington, we are called to honor and respect them through prayer. We ask in the second part of this Collect Prayer to “mercifully hear the supplications of thy people.” Our supplications and prayers are to be for others. In this wise, Holy Scripture calls us to pray for the leaders God has placed over us. In these prayers, we need to ask for the grace to honor and respect them as well as for them to rule in a godly manner. We do not usher in our own peace and tranquility. Rather, as we pray in this prayer, we ask, “and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” We cannot usher in peace through our efforts, intelligence, cunning, or any other device that puts “me” first or any other thing of this world first. We must put Christ first not only in our words, but in our actions. Only Christ can usher in His peace that passes all understanding. It is our call to submit to King Jesus Christ through submitting to all He has set in place in the places and countries He has placed us. In Him and in Him alone will we find eternal peace to live in all the circumstances and places we live. In Him and in Him alone will we find eternal peace to live under the rulers He places over us, regardless of political stripe. If you have difficulties with the governing authorities, remember that God is your governor. If you have difficulties with the governing authorities, remember that you are called to make supplications for all people, including rulers of all sorts and conditions. If you are having difficulties with governing authorities, remember that in Christ, you are called to love God, your neighbors, and your enemies. If you have difficulty finding peace in your life, ask Jesus Christ to grant you His saving peace all the days of your life.