Food for Thought1 Timothy 2:1-3 Pray
Food for Thought
An all-creatures.org Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

1 Timothy 2:1-3 New Living Translation

1. I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

2. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

3. This is good and pleases God our Savior,

Today is the changing of the guard, so to speak, a new president and a new direction.

Whether we, as Christians agree or donít agree with our leaders, or whether we like or dislike their personalities, our mandate from the ultimate authority God Almighty, is to pray for those in office.   

Our personal agenda or opinions are invalid, in the light of the One who stands with supreme authority and wisdom.   Our calling is to pray for our leaders;  to pray for Godís wisdom and divine direction; to pray for, Godís favor and purpose.   We will fall if we are not united; especially in prayer.

It says in the bible Mark 3:24 (NLV)  A nation cannot last if it is divided against itself.

Our leaders are under direct supervision of our Lord and to stand against any leader, is to stand against Godís elect and the will of God.

Romans 13:1-2 (NKJV)

1. Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

2. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

All their issues and shortcomings and sins, must be left up to God to deal with.  When we take the position of judge, we defeat ourselves and get in the way of Godís justice.   

The reason for prayer is to usher in Godís best.  When we pray for our leaders we are putting ourselves in line with God and partnering with Him to bring blessing and hope.  We ourselves cannot change anything with our anger, bitterness and resentments against a leader.  God does not say, if you agree with a leader pray for them. He says pray for them.

This is not about trusting people, it is about trusting God, that through our prayers, our leaderís hearts would be changed and directed and full of godly wisdom.

Challenge:  Let us be united in praying for the will of God to move through our country in every leader.

God Bless

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.