Prayer & Fasting Day 4 – Those in Authority
The Apostle Paul was a man well acquainted with authority. He carried authority, both human and spiritual, and he understood the importance of using that authority wisely. He knew first hand the devastating results of not doing so.
In his earthly, human authority as a Jewish leader, Paul had pursued and persecuted Christians, believing he was serving God. It took a mighty move of God to get his attention and show him the error of his ways.
We live in a world today surrounded by godly and ungodly leaders. We NEED to pray for ALL of them, that we might live in peace and prosperity.
I Timothy 2:1-3 AMP
First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, 2 for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This [kind of praying] is good and acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior…
Who must we pray for?
• Politicians: the president, cabinet, diplomats, opposition parties,
• Local governmental leaders: mayors, county boards, village trustees, etc.
• The legal profession: judges, advocates, lawyers, legal advisers.
• Protection services: heads of police, heads of the military.
• Spiritual leaders: pastors, ministers, priests, rabbis, and also for the spiritual leaders of other false religions.
• Educational leaders: teachers, professors, lecturers, headmasters, administrators, and boards of educations members in all levels of the educational system. (Not just public schools, but private Christian schools, as well)
• Cultural leaders: prominent persons in the entertainment and sports world, managements of cultural organizations.
• Commercial leaders: figures of authority in the business world, business leaders, economists, bankers.
• People in authority in the media: reporters, editors, executives at radio and television stations, media personalities.
How do we pray for leaders?
• Pray for the person in the execution of his or her duties, that they will act fairly and humanely, with Godly wisdom and insight.
• Pray that the Holy Spirit will pour out the love of God into the person’s life, “…because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5).
• Pray according to Micah 6:8 (“He has showed you, o man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love kindness and mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”) for the person:
a. that they will govern fairly and do that which is right;
b. that they will be merciful, unselfish and sensitive to the people’s needs;
c. that they will be humble and realize that they will have to give account to God because they were appointed by God.
• Pray that unfair and godless leaders will make “mistakes” that will be to the advantage of the gospel.
• Pray that oppressors and godless leaders will lose their positions of power by means of wrong advice. “Confuse the wicked, o Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city” (Psalm 55:9).
• Pray that the Lord will disrupt the advice of evil advisers and that He will give the leader wisdom and discernment.
• Pray for the leaders in countries where there is bloodshed, violence, chaos and anarchy, that they will tire of these evils and seek for peace and stability.
• Pray for their relationships with their personnel and subjects, that they will act in wisdom and love and that they will treat others with human dignity.
• Pray that the Holy Spirit will capture their thoughts and that He will dominate their thinking.
Things to remember when praying for people in positions of authority:
• “God’s will be done” is the intention of your prayer, not your will.
• Know that God can handle people in spite of who or what they are.
• The purpose of intercession for people in positions of authority is:
a. that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, and
b. that circumstances will be such that the gospel can move swiftly through the whole world.
• Hold fast to the fact that God appoints and takes away leaders. It says in Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL:
I Timothy 2:8 AMP
Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger and disputing or quarreling or doubt [in their mind].
We must be singled-minded in our purpose: We are praying for GOD’S will to be done in the earth.
Be certain there is no political preference in your heart when you pray, and that you have laid your personal opinions and desires at the feet of Jesus BEFORE you pray for the leaders in your life. The true intercessor cannot pray if he is prejudiced, negative or rebellious. Prayer is not an opportunity to try and manipulate circumstances to our personal whims.