By: Loren Due
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV) 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Why would any article start by being about the President of the United States of America who appears to have a god complex or something like that; because of the trauma he has cause to society in less than thirty days of being in office! So the just read statement is the problem that has Americans divided. It is like someone has lit a firecracker and threw it in the room full of people and taken off to hide in a corner to see what will happen.
Those who claim to be Christians have a responsibility that goes beyond acting in fear and in trepidation. To those who voted for the President because they believed he is a believer must seek God for the answers they are looking for. Whatever the Presidents status with God is between him and God, however, when a person acts as if they are a god you begin to wonder.
All of us who are Christians regardless of our ethnic background who believe the Holy Bible know that God is in control of all things and we are here to fulfill our destiny and sometimes it seems that things are out-of-control. When we sense things are out-of-control we must remember Gods’ word says in Proverbs 16:4 (KJV) 4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
It may seem as if I am preaching to you but my intent is to share a thought that will bring knowledge to you and others to know how to deal in a Godly manner with all the actions and inactions by the President of the United States of America that seem to have an impact on our lives.
Let me define the critical terms in the scripture use at the beginning of this article:
- First of all = Start it now
- Supplications = the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.
- Prayers = a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God
- Intercessions = the action of intervening on behalf of another
- Giving of thanks = thanksgiving
- All men = Everybody
- Kings = Men in authority
- All that are in authority = People in authority
When you see “First of all” you know that means we start at the beginning of the scripture and continue until that thought is complete. The understanding of supplications is directed toward action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly. I believe we must come before the Father as humble as we can with thanksgiving in our heart.
The whole thing about prayer is that it is a time of solemn request for help or an expression of thanks addressed to God the creator. In our time of prayer we can also pray for others by the process of intercession or intervening on behalf of another.
The art of intercession finds many people on both sides of the political spectrum praying for those in authority regardless of what political party. Those who practice intercession are committed to fulfil the scripture and their given call to pray. Interceding is a selfless act on behalf of another. Intercessors play a critical role in presenting prayers to the Father on behalf of those being prayed for.
All of us should be in the habit of giving thanks to the Father for “All” things! The act of giving thanks shows the Father our thankfulness and appreciation for all He has done for us.
When the scripture references “All Men” it is leaving out no ethnic group or gender; it includes every human body on the planet.
When it speaks of “Kings” for us in America it is talking about our President and those who are in authority in all aspects of government including our state and local government.
The catch phrase “ALL” includes all who were missed in the above paragraph whether Kings or Presidents or anyone who is considered a leader. Leaders should always be prayed for because the enemy targets leaders. They are targeted because sometimes they are easier to access. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 26:31 (KJV) 31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
What Jesus was saying is that when you destroy or hurt the leader the followers will scatter. He knew the basic patterns of behavior and people do that even today; when the leaders is destroyed often those following are destroyed and leave. That is why most organization spend a lot of resources to protect the leader because as a leader goes so goes the organization.
America is mentally and spiritually in shambles because of what the current President of the United States is doing. Although America may be in shambles and appear to be in utter chaos from a leadership standpoint Christians must spend more time in prayer and fasting for our leader. Our prayer should not only be for the President of the United States but also for our pastors and others who are considered to be in authority.
Prayer does change things and because many do not diligently pray first for themselves and others the work of darkness has a great foothold, but the scripture tells us “greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world!” If only a leader would emerge in the land who would bring all the Christians and believers together to pray and set the nation on a true course of salvation.
I believe America would be a different place if those who are called by His name would humble themselves and pray.
Will you join us in prayer for the nation and each other?