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).

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