Thursday, February 08, 2007

Praying For Our Leaders

“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 may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

We are living in troubled times.  That is certain.  Our nation is heading for times in which, I’m afraid, this generation nor the past has seen.  It is easy to just bury your head in the sand and forget about everything around you.  You can even make it sound kind of religious.  But that’s not God’s plan.  Paul exhorts to Timothy that we should pray for those in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness.  When the children of Israel were taken to Babylon, Jeremiah wrote them saying, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.” Jeremiah 29:4-7  

Pray for our leaders that we may have peace in our land.  We also must pray for our troops who are fighting for us abroad.  It is also important that the church pray for the upcoming elections in 2008 as the outcome will chart the course of our nation and make a difference in our lives for years to come.  Psalm 75:6-7 says, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”  Does that mean we just say what the kids now say, “Whatever!”  No.  God hears the prayer of his people.  I believe it is the true Church, believers in Christ, who can decide the future of this country, much more than any politician.  

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