“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. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”
I Timothy 2:1-7 NKJV
Father, I pray right now, that you bless President Joe Biden today, that you place people around him who know you, and that your Holy Spirit begin to convict him of his need for the Savior. I pray for his wisdom, for blessing upon him, and for his safety. I also pray for the American people, that we lay aside our differences, and seek the common bonds. You reminded me, this past week, of the unity we once had as a nation, and I pray that those who know You, followers of Christ, saved by the unilateral act of Jesus dying to the cross, make the first step of reconcilliation. Amen
For some, even reading the above prayer will be a struggle. So many of us have found ourselves caught up in the strife and division that is our world today. In the mist of all the turmoil, few who call upon the name of the Lord are enjoying a peaceful or godly life, as the flesh reigns and has driven many to be consumed by all manner of conflict and controversy.
Reading the second chapter of I Timothy this morning, I took to heart what Paul was trying to explain to his young disciple, as he exhorted him to a higher calling, above the fray, focused on representing Jesus. There is peace in ceding to authority, when what is expected does not counter ones faith. In that peace, the Gospel flows more easily and is received without conflict.
Life in the faith is also more focused, as Jesus is in the forefront, and the life of the believer is on mission, and not distracted by concerns that are of the world and not of God.
Prayer is the greatest superpower of the follower of Christ, as we have direct contact with the God of the Universe, the Creator of all things, the One who holds it all together. When I consider all that is happening in our world, and the decay that seems to be progressing by the minute, I must point to the lack of prayer. We who have been saved, have neglected the very thing that gives us power: our constant, conscious contact with our Lord.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
“Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
II Thessalonians 1:11-12 NKJV
As I intercede on behalf of the saints, I focus on praying that each of you would grow in your desire to fulfill the calling you have been given, that you would increase in your love for the Lord and your desire for His appearing. I pray for you to have opportunities to go and tell, to share the Gospel.
As we pray for our leaders, we must also pray for each other. We are all entering into spiritual battle, against high powers, propelling missiles of flesh and blood at us. We are charged with defending, but not offending, for fear that the soul of those in opposition might be lost to salvation.
Pray that each follower be able to put on the armor of God, to stand in these evil days, as the devil is attacking with all that he has.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:10-12 NKJV
When we pray, we invite the LORD, Jehovah Sabaoth into the battle, and He will not lose. When we fail to pray, we end up with what we are dealing with and we have the world we deserve.
In the coming trouble, the prayers of the saints will have great power. In the here and now, we miss the power of prayer, as we are so inconsistent in doing it. Because we do not see the power and what it can accomplish, we put it at the bottom of the Christian tool box, and rely on our own fleshly efforts to bring about change. In the end times, prayer will shake the earth.
“Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.”
Revelation 8:3-4 NKJV
The prayers of the saints will indeed have great power, as they will directly affect what is happening on the earth in those days.
Brothers and sisters, begin today to pray for those in and out of authority. Don’t do it from obligation, but from the love of Christ, provided by the endless wellsprings filled by the love of God.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
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