If My People…

With our presidential elections so quickly approaching and with so much apparent uncertainty, it can be extremely difficult to remain optimistic and have a positive expectation.  It seems as though bad news regarding our candidates comes in through every possible avenue.  And far from finding a real solution to our broken nation, we seem to face mountainous problems that leave more questions than answers when trying to unravel them.  However it is so refreshing and reassuring to know that we actually can do something to better the situation. For many, many years our United States had been know to be a great country-very solid and stable. That sounds quite contrary to what we’ve witnessed more recently though.  What’s the good news? We can pray!

1 First of all, then, I, admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men,

2 For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quite and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.

3 For such [praying] is good and right, [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior,

4 Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth.

5 For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

6 Who gave Himself as a ransom for all [people, a fact that was] attested to at the right and proper time. 1 Timothy 2: 1-6 (AMPC)

First of all, as Christians, we are called to pray. So more than it being something we can do, it is something we OUGHT to do. We are urged and admonished to pray, petition, and intercede on behalf of ALL men. Why? Because without us, the light of the world, the world is in complete darkness.

Daniel was a man who occupied high positions within the government under which he lived for many years. He was considered a wise man and was given authority because of that. Yet he never stopped praying. He not only sought after God’s wisdom for himself, but also for those in authority. He prayed three times a day. Even with the high position he held in the pagan kingdoms under which he served publicly, he never relaxed his prayer life.

Therefore it is our duty to pray for kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility (v.2). When the apostle mentions “kings” he makes a reference to governments. Every person in government needs guidance and wisdom to carry out their duty with integrity and with the people’s best interest at heart. The apostle also mentions those in authority or high responsibility. Anyone holding a position in public office is a person in authority and with high responsibility, needing our prayers. This includes those serving in our federal, state, and local governments, as well as those in our cities and towns, school boards, and even law enforcement.

The responsibility to ‘serve and protect’ does not fall on the shoulders of police alone; rather the church should be doing that through our prayers, petitions, and intercessions. In turn, we can live a quiet and safe life. That is, no mental anguish about safety OR corruption. In addition, our prayers can bring about the shedding of the light and the Truth in the hearts of our public leaders.   They will get to know the Truth, and will recognize that the only way to get to God is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and they will seek His counsel for all the matters concerning their duties.

So what if the country is already a mess and it seems there is no way out of this? Second Chronicles 7:14,15 (AMPC) tells us what to do:

14 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn form their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.

PRAYER IS STILL THE ANSWER! We still have the opportunity to pray and God Himself says that He will hear us and heal us. But notice it says My people.

WE are His people. WE are the ones called to pray and seek God’s face in order get healing and restoration started for our nation. We can’t sit around and expect the people and the government to turn to God all on their own. WE are charged with this duty. WE need to pray in order for that to occur. It says so in verse 4 of first Timothy chapter two.

WE need to pray NOW, before the elections so that healing can begin for our nation. WE need to pray NOW for current and future public officials in order for our nation to be peaceful and safe, AND for our leaders to know the Truth. And very importantly, we need to VOTE. It is our duty to go to the polls and vote. But it is also extremely important that we pray before we vote to get God’s guidance on whom to vote for. And last but certainly not least, notice 2 Timothy 2:1 says thanksgiving. We should pray, petition, intercede AND give THANKS, because we should be praying IN FAITH, and RECEIVING what we have prayed for (Mark 11: 24; James 1:6-8).

If we do not do our part as Christians by praying according to the scriptures and voting, we should not complain about the nation’s circumstances and we certainly should not expect things to change. We need to join together, in faith, and take charge of our nation. We must pray daily without tiring, regardless of what circumstances may look like currently, and we definitely must commit to the word of God and assume our position as light of the world and shine (Math 5:13-16)!  This is the one and only way we will bring America back to being the “one nation under God”

Prayer

When praying, there are few things I should keep in mind so that my prayers are effective.  Here are a few…

First, I should know that I do not pray in order to get my Father’s attention.  I already have it.  If Jesus died for my sins and so that I may have life abundantly (John 10:10) that means that God is very interested in me.  Therefore, I must have His attention always.  The Bible also tells me that without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God, and that I should approach His throne of grace with BOLDNESS (Hebrews 11:6; 4:16).  He is never too busy and is pleased when I approach Him in FAITH.

Second, pray in the name that’s above EVERY OTHER NAME!!! JESUS!!!!!!  He Himself told us in John 15:7 that if we remain in Him, we can ask for anything in HIS NAME, and it would be done for us.  Therefore, it is important we pray in FAITH, beleiving we have received what we have asked for in the Name of Jesus (Hebrews 6:12).

Third, I must know the Word of God so that I may pray according to it.  If I do not know what He says in His written word, then I will not know what His will is for me, and therefore cannot pray His will.  James 4:1-4 tells us that we don’t receive because we ask with the wrong motives, or because we don’t even ask!  Sometimes we think it’s selfish to ask God!  But we are told in 2 Peter 1:3,4 that He has given us ALL things for life and godliness and in 1 Tim 6:17 we are told that he gives us ALL things FREELY TO ENJOY.  That means that it is okay to ask Him, correctly, as He is the one that gives us all things anyway!

Last, if we still have trouble praying, or may know what to pray about but not exactly how to do it, I have great news!! The Holy Spirit can help!  He ALWAYS comes to the rescue!  As He is in us, and He is the very voice of Jesus within us (John 14:10,16,17), He can help us pray so we can do so according to the very will of the Father (Romans 8:26-28).  The only thing we have to do is look to Him and He steps right in.  He helps in our weaknesses.  What weakensses?  The weakness of not knowing how to pray!  He has it all covered!

So friends, let’s pray effectively! Let us keep in mind that we pray in order to communicate with our Father, and not to get His attention.  We pray in faith, in the name of Jesus, according the the will of God as it is found in His written word.  Still need help?  No problem!  Let us then look to the Holy Spirit to help us out and be our guide in prayer, and we will for sure pray the will of God every single time we pray.  Keeping these simple truths in mind will help us pray effectively each and every time!