SEPTEMBER 24

Hey,

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.

With love,

Pastor Andy  


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