may be rooted in controversial obligations. Do you really want tranquility?
Living with dishonest people who deceive us and write laws which demand we live one way while they live another is beyond irritating.
If you're anything like me, quite often you want to curse those ding-a-lings in government and higher office. You read the same stories of unethical corruption and double-dealing manipulative shenanigans going on with leaders who have power to destroy your life and you'd like to see them get theirs.
You'd like to wring their necks.
You are fed up with the arrogant authoritarians and legislators; the last thing you want to do is pray blessings upon them. Mercy is hardly the feeling you entertain when you see the injustice exacted upon fellow citizens who are as helpless as you are to combat their abuse of power.
However, that's the way of things for we Christians. We're often called to forgive the unforgiveable, to have mercy upon those who deserve none. It's following Christ's example. It's taking Romans 12:2 seriously and not being "conformed to this world"-- not returning retribution for that which is meted out unto us. It's "being transformed by the renewal of your mind" so "that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" and thereby live in Christ's righteousness.
There are no times in Christ's life where we see him lose control of his situation. He never got rattled. He knew who was in authority. He knew who held the power over life and death. Even on the cross, when Jesus could have called down legions of angels to wipe out those people who were scourging, mocking and ridiculing him, He chose to obey the Father in Heaven. I wonder if He was praying for Pilate and the Sanhedrin as He stood before them in trial before He was crucified. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do" makes me think He may have. Can we do less? After all, we aren't being crucified, are we? No matter what we suffer, it's nothing in comparison to our Savior-- He didn't deserve what He received.
When I consider Paul's urging to Timothy, I think Christ is asking no more from us than He was willing to do himself...do you?
"...that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Did you see that blessing that follows our obedience to pray for those in authority over us? Don't miss it. When we relinquish our fears and angst and petition God, we surrender our problems to Him. We go to the One who can make a difference. When we have hearts of thanksgiving rather than settling a score and getting even God says something follows our obedience:
"so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity"
It's not easy...but according to God's word...? It's worth it, don't you think? Let it go; let God deal with it. It's bigger than you are. Do all you can and pray. Make intercession for others who suffer because of those in authority over them. Then trust in the Lord and He will give you peace that passes all understanding.