We can pray with confidence for our kings who have limited authority because we know personally the King who has all authority.
Where do revolutions begin? I was reminded yesterday evening that America’s began with a Great Awakening. A mass of prayers were lifted long before a musket was raised. It seems this runs hand in hand with some words Paul once had for Timothy also.
Paul told this young man, “pray for your kings and leaders.” To be quite honest, he didn’t limit his exhortation to governing authorities, but to all men (everyone). But he did specifically mention kings and all who are in authority. What’s humbling is that Paul says this should be our absolute first action. Supplication; prayer; intercession; giving thanks (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
You mean before I grumble about their decisions? Before I ridicule their handling of my tax dollars? Before I condemn their digressive morals? Even before I take my stand against gun control?
Paul says to do this “first of all.” Can I take a quick survey here? Unlike me, did you pray for your President yesterday? Last week? Ever? It’s needless to tell you then that no one in Washington found me interceding on their behalf either.
If I don’t trust the One with all authority enough to simply be obedient in my prayer life for the governing authorities He has placed in my life, why should I look for the quiet and peaceable life that Paul says is behind the purpose of our prayers for them?
Look, I can’t even convince Possum that he can come through the doggie-door on the back porch. Surely I don’t think my moaning and groaning will change someone’s mind in Washington? But the One with all authority can. I think that’s why Paul could insist, “There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (2:5).” In essence, pray for their salvation.
If there is to be a revolution, where will it begin? According to Paul, in the closets of faithful believers as they bring their supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving before the Heavenly Father.
- Pray Them In (butchdean.wordpress.com)
- “555 Days of Prayer to Save America” to Begin with Five Day Cry for God to Hear Our Prayers (prweb.com)
- The Model Prayer (savedbygraceblogdotcom.wordpress.com)
- Keep In Touch Day 40 (Andy Jackson) (keepintouchseries.org)
- Supplication (cbnindiablogs.wordpress.com)