I’m so glad you keep coming back. We have just one week left in our prayer journey together. At the end of our one month journey, I’m going to have a next step for you, so stay tuned!
Out of curiosity, have you noticed how much judgment and hate is flying around? People are so divided not just in our nation, but in our community. Never have people been more judgmental of leaders locally and nationally. I’ve heard a lot of armchair quarterbacking on how people would do things differently if they were in charge. Well, it’s easier to say those things when the pressure is not on you. Of course, we are probably all in agreement.
What concerns me most is how Christians will resort to hatred before turning to God in prayer.
What kind of an impact could we have if every follower of Jesus across California prayed every day for Governor Newsom? How would things change nationally if we all prayed daily for the President? What if we all made a commitment to pray for the leadership of our church?
God could use us to create massive change through our prayers!!
In 1 Timothy, Paul writes to a younger Timothy to encourage him to pray specifically for those in authority over him. Let’s read it together.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NLT):
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.”
I love how Paul encourages Timothy to give thanks for people in his life, including the king. Sometimes, it’s hard to thank God for some people! Can I get an AMEN?
What if we thanked God for our local, state, and national governments? What if we prayed for their families and their spiritual well-being? This is what the Word of God is encouraging us to do here in this passage.
In fact, I love how Paul finishes these verses. He says that God wants everyone to get saved. God is more concerned with eternal destination than with political affiliation. He wants people to get saved on the left and the right! He is in this thing to win souls, not political wars.
Would you be willing to pray that, regardless of what happens this Fall with the election, that God would use this time to bring many people to salvation?
You might pray something like this…
“Father, thank you for your love for me. Thank you for the people in my life who lead me. Thank you for our local officials and our state officials. Thank you for our national leaders as well. Please bless them. Please help Governor Newsom and President Trump. Use people to reach them. Pour out your favor on our state and nation. Help our nation be a place where your Good News triumphs. Please help the leadership of our church lead well. Protect their families. Give them wisdom and courage, Lord. Please use this season to bring many thousands of people to faith in you. Please use me today.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
May The Lord bless you today with His goodness and kindness.
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Thank you for this days prayer and worship. I know I don’t pray for our official or people with authority often. It made me realize how much better our life could be if our officials where follower of Jesus. I’ve been here every day so far. This is very encouraging and inspiring. Thank you for all you do.
It’s always interesting to me that Paul said to pray for the king who was allowing Christians to be locked up and tortured and murdered under his leadership. The king may not have been directly responsible but it was allowed in the provinces as the religious leaders hunted down Christians and dragged them from their homes. We think it’s so bad today in our country… We need to pray for all of our leaders. It could be much worse. Let’s pray God blesses our leaders so things get better.
Thank you Andy for reminding us to have a higher vision of our political leaders and God’s purpose in their lives. We could use a wiser and compassionate direction from the Holy Spirit instead of the social media.
Saw this interesting documentary on Netflix last night. Food for thoughts.
I appreciate this day’s encouragement to pray and be thankful for our leaders. I Do want to add more thanks.
We ask God daily for our leaders and our governor and all those who are suffering besides our family.
We need his loving, wise, powerful care.
1 Peter 5:7 , 1 Tim.2,2, Phil.4:6
It is true, we are very quick to criticize, but God calls us to pray, to intercede, to love, etc. and it is our obligation as Christians to present our authorities before God.
Go ahead Pastor, God keep using you!
We pray for you!
This brought tears to my eyes today! Thank you for the positive perspective. I am going to use this prayer more often. I realized that I need to pray for those in authority at my work as the district starts to reopen schools sites. I need to pray for wisdom, integrity in the Board and with my directors. I also need to pray supernatural protection over my school site. Instead of stressing and criticizing I need to pray! Thank you Andy!