VERSE: "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." (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
EQUATION: Prayer + Supplication + Thanksgiving = Peaceful Living
ACTION: Imagine what a shock this was when the Apostle Paul, speaking for Christ, told the people under persecution from the Romans and under threat from both those people AND the religious Pharisees, that God now wants them to pray for their nemeses! Today, God is still telling ALL His people, in this age of dispensational Grace, that we must pray for prominent people “In authority” whether we like them or not...at all times! So how do we pray for them?
First of all, we pray for them to first obey God and to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Secondly, we pray for them to govern under Godly principles. Even if they are the most pro-abortion, anti-Bible state or national leader, we pray for them to have a heart change, while praying their leadership into the Hands of the Lord for His direction. Finally, we pray that their lives will go well, even if we can see evidence of the opposite, so that they will come to realization that God is in charge and the One Who has blessed them, in so many ways.
PRAYER: Father, in the Mighty and Powerful Name of Jesus we pray today for all leaders. We pray for the new American president and vice president that their steps will be ordered by You, since You are the One Who ordained them. We pray that they govern as they say they are – Christians and follows of the Good Book- the Bible. We pray for their protection, their safety, their families, their well-being, their success when they do or attempt to the right thing. Lord we give You thanks and praise, that unlike our earlier brothers and sisters who had no choice who ruled over them, that we were at least able to have the freedom to worship, vote and engage and it is all because of You. Because it was for freedom, You set us free.
Lord, we also pray for all leaders from the state house to the Congress to the local county and village hall. We pray that they will follow the same principles of biblical leadership, even if they may not have the same power and prominence of a national leader. We pray, that even if they do not know You as Lord and Master of their lives, that You will always be the standard against which, they will be held. Lord, You are the giver of all things and the One Who gives peace, joy and contentment. You promised that if we do these things, in pray for those in authority, that it will go well with us....and that we will live in Shalom. In the current age, it has gone well with us, but we know the day is coming when it will not be so. We still pray for the persecutors knowing that ours is the greater eternity ahead. Lord on this day, we lift up, adore, praise, worship, lift up, magnify, glorify and bless Your Great and Holy Name in Jesus Strong Name, from Whom ALL blessings flow, amen and amen.
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