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 (1Ti 2:1-3).
Are you praying for the government or are you complaining about it? This Scripture lists four actions we must take where our government is concerned, and none of them involve giving scathing public opinion. Instead, we are told to pray, intercede, even "give thanks."
Now, prayer for the government is not, "Dear God ..." I admit that's what I've heard myself saying all too often. It seems like the world is going to pot, everything sinful being painted as legal and right, and morality tossed out the window. But a "dear God" prayer accomplishes nothing.
We must go back to faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1)
The very foundation of faith is believing for what we do not see. We pray based on the Scripture's words about what our nation should be, not what we think it is.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2Chr 7:11).
Does the Bible say God will heal the land or doesn't it? And will He keep His word?
Absolutely. What God has said, He will do ... as long as we meet the conditions of the promise. We lift up our leaders in faith-filled prayer, asking for God to give them wisdom and right-thinking, then hand the responsibility of the providing the answer back to God. That's His department not ours.
Our job is to pray.
His job is to heal the land.
For we walk by faith, not by sight (2Cor 5:7).
We are visual beings. We see what's going on around us, and it's our reaction to fall into dismay, to grumble and gripe about how things are. But that's as pointless as worrying about them. A solution only comes, a cure to the world's evils, by believing God can and will work through our leaders toward godly purposes.
I know how hard that is to read and latch onto.
I think that's why our initial Scripture said to "give thanks" because we tend to see the problems instead of the answers. But there is always something to be thankful for, and if you look deep enough, you'll find it.
And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place (Ex 13:3).
I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old (Ps 77:11).
And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer (Ps 78:35).
Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth (Ps 105:5)
He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion (Ps 11:4).
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ (Eph 2:11-13).
Suzanne D. Williams
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.