Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pray for those in authority!

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. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour (I Tim 2:1-3) 

                  My question to you is----Have you prayed for those in authority? Our President, Congress and judges have been placed over us in authority. True, the system is not perfect. There are laws that many of us consider silly and stupid, but that does not give us license to not pray for them. In fact, God cares so much for our government, that he includes the word first. First, before you pray for your family or friends, pray for your government. 
                   Why is this? Because change will come if we pray in faith. Notice the words...that we (you and me) may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. God wants to bless his body, the church, with peace and quiet. The Rev Billy Graham went through a lot of ridicule and humiliation when he charged the Christians in Russia to pray for their leaders. Many were laughing at him and making fun of him in editorials in newspapers back in the '50's-80's (1)
      Now, if you know your history, you will see that Christianity was not tolerated in Russia and many Christians were jailed for their faith. Many thought that religious freedom was not possible in Russia, but years later, what happened? God opened a door for the Christians to preach in the streets openly and without fear of being put in jail. Why? God changed the hearts of the government and as a result, the word grew and churches were established.
          It is no different in America. Laws may be passed against the churches and their freedoms. They made even put us in jail, but if we are faithful to pray....Change will come. So, friends, in this day, start praying for our leaders. They need it. 

Bible verses courtesy of www.biblegateway.com
(1) http://www.ccel.us/billy.ch26.html

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