PRAYING FOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY PT. 3
Dear minister of Jesus Christ,
I have been looking forward to writing you this letter. As I prayed, God was putting thoughts in my mind to share with you. Before I get into the message, feel free to respond to this letter. If you need to talk to me, do not hesitate to call or email me. If I can help a fellow servant of Jesus Christ to become better, that is one thing I live for. I have traveled across the world to minister and help train other ministers at my expense. My heart is to follow God’s direction far and near. The Lord being my helper, where He leads me, I will follow. As the young people say, do you feel me?
Ok, let us deal with the subject at hand. Praying for those in authority. It seems that I can’t get away from this subject. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 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. Why pray for those in authority? What the authorities do affect so many people. When I look into the scriptures, the godly kings produced godly nations. Wicked kings led Israel into wickedness. King Jeroboam started a sin that affected the people of Israel for generations. Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the lord, as the rivers of water; He turneth it whithersoever He will. It seems that God has tied His hands to our faith filled prayers. 2 Chronicles 7:14 God said if my people shall humble themselves and PRAY and turn from their wicked ways, then will I (GOD) healed the land. God is waiting on His people to PRAY ……before He heals the land. Why doesn’t He just healed the land without us praying and….? I do not know. I just know what the word says. The word says PRAY. Nehemiah 2:1-10 A city needed to be restored. A wall needed to be rebuilt. King Artaxerxes (the man in authority) had the power to get the job done in Jerusalem. King Artaxerxes just did not do what needed to be done. Nehemiah had a passion to do the job. Nehemiah was a godly man with a desire to help his people. All of those things were not enough to get the job done. Check out Nehemiah 2:4 Then the king said unto me, for what dost thou make request: So I prayed to the God of heaven. Through Nehemiah’s prayer, the king’s heart was moved to grant everything that Nehemiah asked for. Wow!! God can turn a stony heart into a heart of flesh. Amen.
Allow me to share on getting godly people in offices to begin with. Even though God can turn hearts, we should develop people for positions of authority. Exodus 18:21 states, moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place
such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. Men like I have just mentioned are statesmen. We should raise men and women that are statesmen like Daniel. Daniel would not give up his convictions, even in the face of death. People like Daniel must be raised up from their youth to lay down their lives for righteousness.
God needs to do a work in our hearts as a nation. The reason some of our leaders are so wicked, is because we as a nation are wicked. Many times, we get the leaders that reflect us. 1 Samuel 8 The people of God wanted a king so they could be like all the other nations. What kind of people were all the other nations? The other nations were wicked. Hum. They got what they wanted; a king that did fine for a year or two. Hosea 13:11 God said that He gave them a king in His anger and took him away in His wrath. WE, THE PEOPLE OF GOD NEED TO REPENT AND PRAY; BEFORE OUR LEADERS REPENT AND PRAY!!! JUDGEMENT BEGINS AT THE HOUSE OF GOD FIRST. CAN YOU SAY AMEN?