It has been yet another momentous week in Westminster, with now even less certainty on Brexit following Parliament’s rejection of the Government’s deal. The end of March deadline is approaching swiftly and it is incumbent upon us all to pray, as Paul urges us in 1 Timothy 2:2 “for kings and all who are in high positions so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity”.
The Prime Minister is now to meet with senior politicians from other political parties to listen and work with them to create a deal together that will work in the best interests of all. Will that be possible? It is easy to point the finger and ask why this didn’t happen earlier. But for each of us, genuine listening and understanding of the perspective of others is hard, especially when we don’t agree with them. Putting others wants and needs before our own isn’t easy. Yet seeking the good of the other is what Jesus tells us to do.
This coming week as we pray for our politicians, let’s also pray for ourselves that we would be better listeners and seek to put the needs of others before our own agendas so that God is glorified in our homes and church and our nation.
Rev Sarah Jones