Respect is important. The apostle Peter summarizes the Bible’s teaching on respect in 1 Pet 2:17: “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” This passage encompasses four major areas of our lives, teaching us that, as followers of Christ, we should respect all men, other Christians, God, and governmental authorities. The word respect is a translation of the Greek word timēsate, meaning “honor or value.” It literally means “to place a great value or high price on something.” Interestingly, today we tend to place our values on our personal rights and the equality of man. However, biblical respect is far different, more about a perceived inequality in that we recognize that some things and some people are more important than ourselves.
I truly don’t think it is natural for a person that has no respect of God to be able to respect others. For today’s prayer focus, we are praying for a holy respect of God first that flows into respect of others.
Lord give ____________ a holy fear of you in all ways (Ps. 34:11). In Jesus name. Amen.