Pray for Leaders
Many of us take the affairs of our country with less concern. We hardly pray for those in authority, after all they are not our family members, or we are not of the same ethnic and religious affiliation. Now, that sounds like selfishness and a lack of understanding. Hope that’s not harsh 🙂
Ermmm let me say, whether you like it or not, whether you know the people in authority or don’t, the decisions they make will affect you either directly or indirectly. For instance, you own a business and suddenly there are changes in policy that can affect your business, maybe positively or even negatively; or laws that can affect the free course of the gospel in a nation.
I believe that leaders face one pressure or the other, they can face challenges that test their character, remember they too are human beings. So apart from constructive criticism, we should also pray for people in authority. Moreover it’s not a matter of how their decisions affect us more than it is a matter of necessity as the bible urges us to.
You should pray for rulers and for all who have authority. Pray for these leaders so that we can live quiet and peaceful lives–lives full of devotion to God and respect for him. This is good and pleases God our Savior (1Timothy 2:2-3(ERV).
When I read this scripture many years ago, I saw it as my responsibility to pray for nations. And I discovered God would also talk to me about a country as he did with other personal issues I had tabled before HIM. For instance while praying for Nigeria sometime in 2012, the Lord ministered this to my heart – “It’s as though hope is lost and your country is heading for a ditch, but there will be a drastic turn around for good, many would be awed and want to associate with this nation, in all that, it will be said this can only be God”. Personally that’s why I know there’s a great future for Nigeria. So good people of this nation, rise to your responsibilities for the good of the land.
The bible didn’t show any bias as to the background and affiliations of the people in authority when it talked about praying for them, so irrespective of who they are, we are to pray for them. It’s important that we do this so that we can live quiet and peaceful lives–lives full of devotion to God and respect for him. But you may ask, “What can God do through our leaders?” And my answer is, genuinely do your own part in faith, by obeying scriptures and let God do HIS.
Need I remind you that God’s the best at whatever HE does?
- God Most High is sovereign, and rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he wants, Daniel 4:17, 25, and 32.
- God had a hand in Pharaoh’s ordeal with respect to letting-off the Israelites, Exodus 4:21; 7:3; 14:4.
- God has power to turn the heart of a king wherever he chooses Prov. 21:1
I’d conclude with this- you know yourself (those who just sit around complaining), no one knows you and so your shouting, rantings and complaints about the leaders and the state of your country will not pass your roof. So why not stop wasting your energy shouting and instead start praying for them? If no one knows you and no man will hear you, God will; as long as you’re HIS child.
For instance you can pray these;
- Father please let your peace flood our nation
- God put your fear in the hearts of our leaders, (the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom).
- Father cause our leaders to stand for truth and do what’s pleasing in your sight.
- Father let your will be done in our nation as it is in heaven.
- Father please raise men that will stand for righteousness, integrity and justice
These prayers are just a few good examples you can elaborate on.
Your prayer will change a lot.
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