Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.-1 Timothy 2:1-4
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer in the US. Many churches will be opening their doors to allow congregants and neighborhood residents to come in and pray for the nation and other things on their hearts. This is a good thing! This is a God thing! For He has absolutely given us a command to pray for those in authority over us that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.
There’s no turning on the news today without hearing of the sad state of affairs that our nation and many of our cities are in. Politicians are not representing the people as they promised and the streets are filled with violence. Are we to fear? God forbid!
I know that God is not shocked by the “headline news” because He knows all things! But is He pleased with our lack of prayer regarding these officials, regarding our cities? I think so!
It’s great that people will be taking a moment of silent prayer in schools, at their jobs, and even in some churches; but it’s going to take dedicated, faithful prayers of righteous men and women to effect change in our cities and nations.
Maybe you don’t live in America, but that doesn’t release you from your responsibility to pray for your nation, for your leaders. Quite frankly, I don’t even remember the last time, outside of church, that I spent any real time praying about these issues. I pray during election season, I pray when people are not making godly decisions, and I pray when things affect me negatively. But honestly, they are not at the top of my prayer list.
So I have decided to not wait for tomorrow to pray, but I will pray before I go to sleep. And I will begin to make a greater effort to pray for those in leadership over me in my church (this one is easy) my job (maybe not the kind that I have been praying), my city, and my nation, because I don’t want to forfeit another day of peace and I want to see these people truly give their hearts to Jesus and live for Him! I encourage you to join in with me and the millions who will be praying for America because God knows we surely need it! Wonderful Jesus!