Scripture For Today: Isaiah 45:20
“Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.”
Praying for Those in Authority pt 5
We have been studying about the importance of praying for our leaders and those in authority. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:1-2:
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says:
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
Yesterday, we discussed the importance of intercession. I shared about how Abraham was able to intercede for Sodom and Gomorrah with God (although the Lord still could not find 10 righteous souls in those cities – kind of like what we find in our inner cities today, isn’t it)?
Let’s read Genesis 18:23-32:
23 And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also ddestroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”
27 Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: 28 Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?”
So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.”
29 And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?”
So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.”
30 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?”
So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?”
So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”
32 Then he said, j“Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”
And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.”
God was willing to withhold His Judgement for the sake of ten righteous people, just because Abraham asked Him to!
What does that tell you about the Right Standing YOU have with God because of what Jesus did at the Cross? We are in a far better relationship with our Heavenly Father than Abraham could have ever dreamed of! Yet, most Christians refuse to walk it out!
There MUST BE more than 10 righteous people in the United States right now! Am I right?
So, let’s pray for our leaders BOLDLY! Let’s intercede for this nation BOLDLY. As the Apostle Paul said, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
I know we have been studying about God’s Judgement and Wrath, but there is another side of this story that we will begin to study about tomorrow. And that is how God will move to change this nation – IF WE PRAY for the people who lead and govern this nation AND ASK GOD TO CHANGE THE NATION!
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