There is a lot of intercession going on at Alaska Bible College. Finals, presentations and papers added to everyday housekeeping invites tension and can quickly move us to prayer. The staff and faculty are certainly praying for you. We all hope to finish well.
Now, we know to intercede for each other, but have you considered recently our responsibility to offer intercessory prayers for those outside the faith? Have you chosen to enter into their plight? Listen to these pastoral words.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings 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 Savior. (1 Timothy 2:1–3)
Our tendency can be to insulate ourselves from the struggles of those we no longer identify with. Paul wanted to stop this momentum. But Paul has even more on his mind. Nero was in power and government intervention was a growing threat for the church. Paul was asking the church to pray for their enemies!
This just sounds like Jesus. But it is not unique to the New Testament. Prayer for the wicked is a regular exercise for the righteous (Gen 18:32; Ezek 20:30; Jer 5:1). Jesus manifests this holy disposition in His life and work. May we chose to pray for those on the outside. May we intercede as Jesus did.
"Father, forgive them."
Jonathan L Garland, VPSD
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This coming week is unique! Tuesday and Thursday are special chapels that will serve to highlight some amazingly gifted ABC students. Come hear student leaders, Nathan Davenport and Brandon Evans preach. And get in on the engaging worship led by students in the Worship and Music class.
Though not exhaustive, below are many of the guests we've had come to influence and encourage us this semester. What a blessing!