Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honourably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Comment: A short but very important passage today. It is particularly talking about leaders of the Christian faith, the church. As we read elsewhere in scripture it is possible for ‘wolves’ to creep in amongst the sheep, so beware! Our prayer for our leaders is so important.
- We are to obey and submit to them. They are accountable for their leadership.
- It is to be a whole-hearted, not grumbling, commitment by them.
- Their actions should be honourable and leave them with clear consciences.
- We are to be earnest in prayer and the author asks particularly for himself. (This ending makes it appear to me that Paul is possibly the author, but many leaders of the early church were imprisoned.)
Prayer: Help us to not follow ‘wolves’, but to stand firmly behind our leaders in prayer and obedience.