First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings, queens and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:1–4
I’m glad that I wasn’t born into the Royal Family- a life in the full glare of public scrutiny and expectation. Queen Elizabeth II has carried out her public duties faithfully through times of huge change; and has openly expressed her faith in Jesus Christ which has inspired and guided her. What we can do at this Jubilee celebration is pray in thanks of such service and her example of faith.
St Paul understood the value of stable government, and wrote to Timothy explaining the responsibility of prayer that lies on the shoulders of the Church. (He also wrote about the importance of challenging those in power who abuse it! But that’s for a different day…)
Prayer for national leaders and governments can help ensure “a peaceful and quiet life” and I’m all in favour of that! Good government works for the public good and requires a willingness to serve. Queen Elizabeth has demonstrated that willingness over 70 turbulent years. I am grateful and hope that whatever follows her reign will be marked by such servanthood, so that Ministers of State might in future follow the example of this Monarch.
May Almighty God watch over the Queen: may peace and grace be with her this weekend and beyond.
May our Sovereign Lord God bless, guide, and correct all those who serve the nations; inspiring in them an attitude of compassionate service and righteousness. So may God’s Will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Amen.