Become World-Class Christians—Part 14
READINGS – Part 5
God has called us to prayer for “all nations.” There is no better way than starting at the top.
The other day a friend asked me to write a few words of explanation on the theme “How to pray for world leaders.”
As I worked to keep the guidelines brief, I was forced to simply give Scripture references at points where fully developed teachings would be completely appropriate. If you take time with your Bible and the following suggestions, I believe your effectiveness in prayer will deepen.”
First: Be convinced that God has placed these leaders in their positions. As to whether they have ruled in evil or righteousness, they will give account, but it is God’s sovereignty that has ordained their term of governing nonetheless (Romans 13:1-4).
Second: It is the believer’s responsibility to pray for all governmental leaders. Our calling is not to pass judgment on their rule; but, in obedience to God’s Word, to enter into prayer with intercessions that order and peace may fill each land (1 Timothy 2:1, 2).
Third: Such praying makes possible the rise of righteous rule in any land, for God OVER rules in all things when intercessory prayer prevails (Psalm 75:7 -10). Further, such praying pleases God, for it paves the way for fruitful evangelism to take place in each nation (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
Fourth: Let your heart be filled with confidence that prayer will introduce God’s overruling hand wherever faithful believers call forth His dominion. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” is a prayer Jesus taught us to pray now (Matthew 6:10).
Fifth: Pray for national leaders to be taught by God that the Lord Almighty is the source of their rule. Pray that humility will fill the hearts of kings who learn to fear God (Daniel 4:34-35). Pray that leaders will love their people more than they love themselves; that they will serve as shepherds and not as taskmasters (Micah 6:8; Jeremiah 23:4, 5).
Finally: Pray for the family of each national leader. God is able to work wonders in the heart of any man or woman at this practical dimension of daily life. Rightly ordered authority begins in the home—in family relationships. Pray for miracles in the households of world leaders (Philippians 4:22). It’s astounding to realize that we live in an era of almost instant global communication. As children of our heavenly Father, however, we possess something even more astounding: instant communication with the One who made the world and knows the hearts of all its rulers.
Moments with Majesty, Jack Hayford, Multnomah, pages 158-59.
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