“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
Thanks for all men
When I consider the work that the Lord has done in my life, I find that I must give thanks for those who have blessed me and for those who have cursed me. Even those who have caused me trouble, have been used for the glory of God, as the Lord has used the struggle to refine me to be more effective in ministry.
He has also shown me His justice as I have witnessed the destruction of those who have wronged me, time and time again. Even now I know that there are those whose hearts are against me and others who call upon the name of the Lord, who will some day feel the wrath of God.
Because of this, the Lord has moved on my heart to be in prayer for those that do not mean us well, for even they are subject to the sovereignty of God. I plead for mercy for them, that they have opportunity for repentance.
It seemed timely that I Timothy chapter two would appear in my daily reading, as our country enters into election time. The United States, or the Untied States, which seems more applicable, has been divided into enemy camps with people across the political spectrum each looking upon their polar opposites as villains, the cause all evil in the world.
I stand as one in the middle, having no allegiance to either side, focused only on Jesus, and standing amazed at the willful blindness as people support politicians who care little for them or the things of God.
As followers of Jesus, we have been given access to the Holy of Holies, and we hav the power, through Spirit guided intercession, to alter the course of any country and the hearts and minds of leaders. But, alas, we choose not to. We all too often go the way of those who’s way is the flesh, seeking earthly and ineffective means to bring about short term solutions to long term, and supernatural problems.
“Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”
Philippians 3:17-21 NKJV
We are citizens of heaven, so let us behave as such, praying for those in power, that they come to know Jesus and have themselves changed from the inside out.
It takes the heart of the Lord to pray for those in opposition, but it is crucial for the sake of ministry. Much if what we did in the future will done in the face of persecution. Just as those who flourished under Nero prayed for that leader, let us be in prayer for those who will be placed in authority over us.
We know that we are working for a God that defies all the powers of the world, and that eventually every knee will bow to Him and every tongue confess that He is Lord. Let us pray for our leaders, whether they be those we have chosen or not.
There is a new Kingdom coming, and in it there will be no end.
Brothers and sisters, let us pray for those in opposition. Let us be in prayer for our president, whether we voted for him or not, for it is the Lord who elevates those who rule over us.
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
I Peter 2:11-12 NKJV
Let us not be given to the lusts of the flesh, especially the lust for power, for this world is not for us to rule and to reign, for it is at best a poor example of the glory to come.
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