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Praying For The Government
1Tim 2:1…………Heavenly Father, I give thanks for our government.
1 Tim 2:2………..I pray for all men and women having authority over us in any way.
Prov. 1:23……….Pour out Your Spirit upon them and make Your Word known to them.
Ps 25:21………..Cause them to be men and women of integrity, obedient concerning us,
1 Tim 2:2………..that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.
Prov. 2:10……….Let wisdom enter their hearts, and let knowledge be pleasant to them.
Prov. 2:11……….Let discretion preserve them and understanding keep them,
Prov. 2:12……….to deliver them from the way of evil and from evil men.
Psalm 1:1……….Make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel,
2Chr 20:32………doing what is right in your sight.
Prov. 2:21……….Let the upright dwell in our government.
Heb 12:27……….Cause there to be a shaking in all areas.
Prov. 2:21……….Let those complete and blameless before You stay.
Prov. 2:22……….and cut off the wicked. Let the unfaithful be rooted out.
1Cor 4:5…………Bring to light what is hidden in darkness,
1Cor 4:5…………and expose the secret aims of the hearts.
Rev 2:5………….Let this nation remember from where they have fallen,
Rev 2:5………….repenting, and returning to doing their first works,
1Chr 22:19……..setting their hearts and their souls to seek the Lord,
2Chr 7:14……….humbling themselves, praying, and turning from their wicked ways.
2Chr 7:14……….Then hear them, O Lord, and forgive their sins and heal our land.
Acts 26:18……..Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light.
Heb 3:13………..Soften the hearts that are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Ps 107:20……….Deliver them from their destructions.
2Pet 3:9…………Father, You have been longsuffering toward us,
2Pet 3:9…………not willing that any should perish,
2Pet 3:9…………but that all should come to repentance.
Isa 49:22………..Raise up a standard in this nation.
Zech 10:1……….Cause the rains of Your Spirit to flood this land
Hab 3:2………….and revive Your work in the midst of us.
Isa 59:16………..Raise up intercessors for this nation
2Cor 10:4……….to pull down strongholds over this land.
Isa 40:5…………And let the glory of the Lord be revealed!
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When we look beyond the picnics, parades, and fireworks that characterize our Independence Day celebrations, we remember that the holiday commemorates our nation’s birth.
This commemoration serves as a reminder to me to pray for our government leaders. This is a wise thing to do because the God we serve is all-powerful and nothing happens outside of His control. Moreover, the Bible instructs us to pray for those in high positions (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
It’s often easy to pray about one or two political issues that really matter to me. There is nothing wrong with this per se, but I always have to be careful not to confuse my personal opinions with Scriptural principles and God’s will. I’d like to think that my opinions always line up with Scripture, but I’m a fallen human being, so this isn’t always the case. I know that you’re fallen, too, so let’s all be careful to avoid praying self-motivated prayers. Let’s search Scripture and pray, allowing the Holy Spirit to impress God’s will upon us.
When we look beyond specific issues, it becomes evident that there are a number of general things we can pray for our leaders at the national, state, and local levels.
Pray they will have wisdom
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:13-17
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17
Pray they will have integrity
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Proverbs 12:22
“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3
“A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.” Proverbs 16:11
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” Colossians 3:23
Pray they will not be self-seeking
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5
Pray they will have wise advisers
“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers…” Psalm 1:1
Pray they will be safe
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.” Psalm 91:1-6
Pray they will have faith in God
“This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Do you pray for our government leaders? How do you stay motivated to do this? What things do you pray for them?
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Praying for our Government & Officials
Recently, I joined a group of pastors, serving throughout Arizona, to pray with Governor Ducey. We met in his office at the State Capital and identified some of the key issues facing him, his family, his staff, and our state of Arizona. I appreciated the opportunity and found our time to be helpful in understanding how I could more effectively pray for the leader of our great state.
In his letter to the Roman church, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” (Romans 13:1-5 NIV)
As our society changes and as our culture becomes more “progressive”, I am finding it more difficult to engage and live within it with a submissive spirit. One of the ways I am seeking to develop a more submissive approach is through prayer. And, one of the means by which I am seeking to do this is by praying for those who are in leadership positions locally and nationally. With this in mind, here is the list of items our Governor asked us to pray over:
– Wisdom in governing the great State of Arizona
– Wisdom and stamina for the Governor’s staff
– Children under the state’s care & the ability to place them in loving homes (17,000)
– The availability of illegal drugs and the issue of addiction in AZ
– The Az Prison System and Reintegration of those released into society.
– The Department of Children, Youth and Family
– The Department of Faith and Community
I invite you to join me in lifting up our Governor, our State, and these needs during the times of prayer you have with our Heavenly Father; may our prayers change our hearts and change the reality of the community in which we live!