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To love Malaysia is to pray for Malaysia
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people---
for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
As Christians, we have a duty to pray for our beloved nations. The Word of God clearly instructs us to continuously pray for the well-being of our kings and government so that we may also benefit its blessings in a peaceful, godly and upright country.
We have seen how the whole nation regardless of race or religions, crying out and praying to God in the past few years for transparency, integrity and justice as we saw gross kleptocracy and the failings of all government institutions that were supposed to safeguard the nation. It was to this cry that we saw a tsunami of all Malaysians rising up and voted for a change and restoration of good governance.
I am personally glad to read about the seriousness and resolution of the new government to restore democracy and good governance in Malaysia. I am glad also to see the appointments of able people to look into the economy, law and order. The appointment of the Team of Eminent Persons (TEP) and the Institutional Reform Committee (IRC) in these two weeks is a welcome and we pray that they will bear good fruits for the betterment of Malaysia.
As every newborn child is fragile and needed attention and care, so is every new government. It needs a lot of prayer, patience and support for it to function well and fulfils its promises to the people. Change for the better takes time in its implementation and follow through. Let us pray that the evil one (devil) whom the Bible calls a thief would not steal, kill or destroy all that is meant for good (cf John 10:10). Let us pray for all the ministers (many yet to be appointed) to be focused and diligent in bringing true and lasting change for a better Malaysia. After all, they are still human and equally vulnerable to greed, power and all kinds of temptations. We are not naive to realise we still live a fallen world and the reality of human weakness. The absurdity we saw among the politicians in Sabah in the past two weeks is a proof that we really need to uphold Sabah to God. Let us pray that Sabah in the future be known to be a people of integrity, principle and honor.
- Bishop John Yeo