The Power of Prayer
A couple of days ago, I was listening to the news about the incoming political representatives who are preparing to put their signature on the political landscape. I became angry about what I read and what I saw on TV because I felt my values would be ignored. It was then that God spoke to my heart about the power of prayer. Three thoughts came to mind: King Nebuchadnezzar’s testimony (Daniel 3), the 10 kingdoms that would come ending at the time of the Messiah’s death (Daniel 10-12), and the events of Acts 2. The common tie of all three is a call to seek the God of Heaven and Earth and that our hearts would be pliable and usable. I hold in my hands, just as you hold in your hands, the power of prayer when combined with the command to live Godly lives in an ungodly world. When you consider the rebirth of Israel and the 2nd temple period, you might think that God mysteriously changed the heart of the wicked king by waving a magic wand or scaring them into submission. The truth is, the change was due to God’s servants doing the right thing in the darkest of places and the darkest of times. There is no world leader, no matter how wicked they are or what profession of faith they hold that can stand in the way of the procession of a Holy God. We must understand, above all else, that God is not on our side as to imply “we’ll always get our way”; rather, we must stand on God’s side doing what he asks of us which, includes praying for our leaders (1 Tim 2:2). My encouragement for you today, turns your worries and fears into streams of prayer and pray for our leaders and let God do the changing. If the scriptures and our history should teach us anything, it is that we are powerless to make people do what they do not want to do, and no amount of legislation will change that fact. This is not the time to shrink away but to stand up and seek the God of Heaven and Earth.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-6 amp).
We hold in our hands and hearts the power that will transform the world from hatred to live in you and that is through prayer and petition. The enemy is fully aware of this power and seeks by the form of public disturbance to form laws that only exacerbate the situations of our world. Help your people to ever keep their eyes on you no matter what goes on in the world and always seek your face despite who the leaders may be. I call all of my brothers and sisters in all denominations and all professions to prayer this week.
In his Name
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