Pray Daily for Government Leaders
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence (1 Timothy 2:1-2). The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes (Proverbs 21:1).
A daily part of your personal prayer life should be praying for our president and those in authority over us. The office of king or in our case president is a God ordained position. You may not agree with the person in the office, but we are commanded to pray for them. In doing so, God can intervene and bring needed change.
This praying for leaders command is even more important in the election season that has begun. Radically different ideologies are contesting for public office. Radically different ways of seeing the world and of dealing with social, financial, and international problems are and will be offered.
Our nation is in a precarious place with financial difficulty, shifting cultural mores, and international challenges unprecedented in scope. We need a leader who depends on a higher wisdom, who will stand for what is right in the face of mounting pressure from all sides. As a nation we need to bow our knee to the Almighty and ask for mercy and grace. If we do not, it seems that the judgment of God is looming. By judgment, I mean God’s backing away from us with His favor and protection, and allowing the enemy to come in to kill, steal, and destroy. Obedience, humility, repentance, and faith will garner God’s help in this great hour of struggle.
The creation of a Palestinian state is news headlines now. The North African and Middle East Nations are rising up in opposition of Israel remaining in their currently defined homeland. The nations that resist God’s prophesied purposes for Israel in this hour will inherit a curse and will suffer devastating consequences (see Zechariah 12:1-3). Will our nation continue its support of our long time friend or will we take the politically correct favored by over one hundred nations of the world?
This is a time of preparation and prayer. The world is heading towards its toughest days since the creation of man, toward the judgment of nations and peoples who refuse God’s mercy and thumb their nose at His rule and Kingdom, and then the second coming of Christ. The church is headed towards heaven. We must rise up in this hour and win souls, taking as many people as we can with us. People are desperate for the hope we have.
Let’s let our light shine brightly. Engage in the political process by first of all praying and then becoming informed on the beliefs of candidates as they run for elected office. Make sure you cast your vote during this next election. The fate of our nation is at stake.
Become involved in daily personal evangelism by showing the love of God in practical, tangible ways that move people to ask you questions about who you are and what you believe (see 1 Peter 3:15). This is the hour for us to shine!
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Isaiah 60:1-3).