Despite the predominant function of the king as a military leader, the Bible records many occasions when the kings of Israel and Judah fulfilled a significant role in the leadership of the nation’s worship.
Paul encouraged his readers to “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). The Christian performs all aspects of his or her ministry and witness in the name of Jesus, and it is in his name that the church assembles for prayer and worship (1 Cor. 5:4) and offers thanksgiving to the Father (Eph. 5:20). The New Testament uses several titles to describe the meaning of God’s action through his Son. Many of these expressions (such as “Son of Man,” “Servant,” and “Anointed”) are applied in the Old Testament to significant leaders of the covenant people—prophets, priests, kings. As applied in the New Testament to the Lord Jesus, they are titles for God the Son.
Perhaps more than any other disciple, Peter best represents how God is able to take an imperfect person and use them in glorious ways. Brash and impulsive, he needed the intercessory prayers of Jesus to hold and keep him until he could grow to maturity and take his place as a leader in the early church. Praying for others is the most wonderful gift anyone can offer. It’s also an honor and privilege to share in the life of a fellow believer in such a powerful yet quietly personal way.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), the great civil rights leader was born in Atlanta, Georgia and studied at Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University.