Lord's Prayer from Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
1 Corinthians 15, Verses 20-28 - But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also camethe resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
Matthew 10, Verse 14 - And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
Acts 20, Verse 35 - I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
1 Corinthians 13, Verse 13 - And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Many with the Christian faith agenda will evangelize and dust off their feet with those that don't listen to what they have to say, and nothing much is accomplished. Instead, an attitude and active life of charity, born out of a personal belief in God and Order, the non-agenda form of Christian evangelism, exists in a way that propels man forward. It is one major way that God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven. The mantra shall be always "do what is right", especially and in particular for leaders with power. Why? It works. We must be a giving people in order to receive.
Many already strive, and have historically, to negotiate peace and right solutions by being flexible enough to work with many agendas and maintain a "do what is right" charitable mantra. More of this is needed. Men (and women) in power often have different agendas. The classic-humanist agenda propelled Christianity and Protestantism, by looking back to the success of Rome and Athens and pining for a pure form of Biblical teaching and intellectual ideas worth spreading. It warred against powerful interests and still does to this day. As such, Christians and others often view our leaders as debased - as being deluded, evil, stupid or ruled by Satan. Some of this is warranted, but we cannot accept this with arms folded and sit idly by. Power can corrupt but it is not necessarily so. Power can also be noble and sympathetic to the common man. Much of this world is secure and safe and it is not simply God's blessing upon us, but also the hard work of existing and historical moral leadership. God-fearing leaders have accomplished much and I am personally thankful.
Widespread peace could theoretically be conceived by each and every man and woman together deciding to be a man and woman of peace and charity and uniting as such. Or as history tells us, by injecting chemicals and school lesson plans into the masses to dumb us down and put us into a negligible numb state. Or through de-population for easy control by the powerful over a smaller less complex group of people. These are all agendas of some in power. But if a non-agenda, non-direction-choosing-for-all, "do what's right" form of charitable leadership became more viral - peace on a world-wide basis would be within everyone's grasp, and without instituting dirty agendas. The spiritual kingdom would flourish among men and women, more than it does today. We just need good leadership and followers will follow.
With globalization of leadership the complex and increasingly complex must become less so - the matrix web put up in previous iterations prevents right leaders as they arise from within from solving problems. Instead, a mentoring form of nobility for leaders with meritable ideas must surface for adoption at an increased pace, and it must be administered with the "do what's right" charitable mantra. Moral leadership blessed by God will duplicate then triplicate, etc. in number. Solving problems does not need to take place on the world stage like a game of poker as it appears to now. The world finds itself in a place where it should speed up its preparations for final Judgement. Jesus is in the process of putting all His enemies underfoot and the glorious spiritual Kingdom is inviting us all in. We must answer with right action so that, "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
Dear God, I pray for our leaders today and also our future leaders that may take charge after I pass away. There are those on the front lines on peace-keeping and peace-making duty, who confront a reality very few comprehend or know about. There are those who are sandwiched between loving the small blessings in life and making hard sacrifices that create turmoil and depression in their mind. And there are those of us who sacrifice, some by shedding blood and others with an array of hardships. We ask for blessings upon us all and for miracles to occur. We ask for justice and the softening of hearts in all the right places. We ask for mercy and thank you for the grace you have bestowed upon us already. We shed tears for the lost and hope they find their way. This world is complex, the rabbit hole is deep, the matrix overwhelming. We pray that You, who are in control of it all, wipe the tears of those who sorrow. We hope it is Your will that the world will improve and peace, hope and joy overtake mankind. We ask for good moral charitable leadership to show us the way. We ask the Spirit to work upon all of us, and for good followers so that peace may abound. Please forgive us for our sinful ways and bring us to spiritual maturity. In Jesus name. Amen.
Michelle is a woman of depth whose faith has pulled her through some difficult times. She finds beauty and inspiration from life experience and literature, sourced from all ages and walks of life. Michelle seeks to inspire other women in their personal journeys, especially those who struggle. Michelle is also a mental health advocate, writer & engineer. Her other website is www.freemindbooks.com.