I Timothy 1:1-3 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all , supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we made lead a quiet and peacable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
There is so much unrest in the world today, which signifies that we are not praying for those in authority as we should. Instead of praying for those in authority, we are sabotaging our own peace by speaking against the men and women that God have put in place to bring about His will. We don’t quite understand what it takes to run a country or oversee a congregation of people, but God has set up authority figures to carry out His divine order in the earth that we may live peaceably in our homes, in our schools, and on our jobs. What can we expect if we speak against our president, congressmen/women, police, judges, supervisors, pastors, etc? Disorder, but there is hope. God has given us the remedy to disorder, PRAYER. We are to pray for those that lead us. II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Would you agree that our land needs healing?
Praying for those in authority includes, the policeman/woman, the school teachers in the classrooms, the supervisors at the job, the husband and wife in the home, and many more that we may not look at as being in authority or having a limited rule over us. As we first humble ourselves and pray, God will hear us and began to do those things that we cannot. It’s not our faith or prayer that changes situations, but it’s our faith to pray and when we pray, believe that God will hear us and turn situations and circumstances around for the good. If we don’t pray, we cannot expect God to move. Luke 18:1 says, “men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
A prime example of God hearing prayer and turning a situation around; A woman’s husband was fired from his job and the next day he began to prepare to go and pick up his belongings from the workplace. Well, his wife called on some of her sisters to pray about the situation. Her husband got to the office and low and behold, in the midst of him gathering his things, his boss came and said to him, we’ve had a change of heart, they decided to hire him back after terminating him a day ago. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turns it whithersoever he will.” God turned the heart of the boss after hearing the prayer of those sisters. The hearts of our president, policemen, judges, city counselors, mayors, etc.. are in Gods’ hand. So, let us find ourself bowing down on our knees and praying for those whom God have ordained to govern our land. You never know when you will be in a place of authority and need someone praying for you.
May God stir your heart to pray for our leaders.