Praying for All People

prayer_an-invitation-to-prayer“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 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. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”                                                                                                                           1 Timothy 2: 1-6

Have you ever heard of selective praying? Oh, come on now, I know that you have had prayer requests come to you that you think, “Oh, why should I pray for them? They don’t even like me.” Or, “They are surrounded by prayer already, I’ll just go on to the next person.” Or my favorite excuse is, “Why should I pray for them, they won’t listen to God when he speaks, anyway.” I am not alone in this so don’t try to hide behind righteous reasoning.

The Bible is very plain that we are to pray for all people. Timothy is just one section of many mandating this. My first thought is our president. President Trump has raised many eyebrows in the population of the world and many Christians are not praying for him just because he is not a Democrat, hasn’t built the wall yet, doesn’t talk the way we talk, parts his hair on the wrong side, and on and on. I saw the Christian community come together in praying for the right person to be put in office, and now we are letting down on our dedication to lifting him up to God. President Trump, Vice President Pence, all of the Congress and Senate, Representatives and leaders of our states and communities need our prayers. We are to present supplications: asking God to see to their every need. We are to pray: thanking God for his divine apointment and for his grace. We are to intercede: taking hold of God’s will for these people and not letting go until his will is done. And we are to be thankful: thanking God always for the salvation of the people in our leadership, for their following and praying for God’s direction.

There are people in my life who I choose not to spend a great deal of time with. And it is often hard to pray for them. But I have seen miracles happen when I get over myself and lift them up to God. Frozen hearts are unthawed. Sinful lives turned over to God. Financial needs met in ways that could only be by God’s hand. I was not always directly involved, in fact, almost never, but I know that part of the resolution came to be through my, and others, prayers. God never places anyone on your heart unless He is calling you to pray for them.

God wants us to have a peaceful life, but unless we are praying for all people, who have the power to fulfill that peace, we risk losing the grace that brought them to us in the first place. Self has no place in a peaceful world. We must sacrifice self in order to pray for others. Especially those we don’t feel like praying for. In the end, they probably need it more than anyone else; and that is why God called you to pray for them at such a time as this. Peace comes from praying for others.

 

 

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To all our pastors and Christian leaders; we know, and we are praying

I feel very strongly that our Christian leaders need to hear this right now. They face trials that we, as the congregation, may never know or ever want to know. But God does. I was praying for my pastor this morning and this song came on. I know that he leans on God when he is weak and trusts Him to be the voice that our pastor speaks from the pulpit. May God bless each of you as you prayerfully listen and share with your Christian leaders.

Thirty Days of Prayer for My Pastor – Day 29

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“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3:23 – 24 

Father God, today I pray that my pastor will seek to please You more than people. Help him to recognize that we may not always appreciate him and the things that he stands for. And, Lord, help us to trust that, even if we don’t agree with what is being said, we will always go to You for confirmation rather than speak against our man of God. You placed him over our congregation to lead us in the way of eternal life and relationship with You and it is not up to us to judge, but to follow. What a mighty responsibility our pastor has!

I pray, Lord, that with this responsibility, that my pastor would take joy in pleasing You as he ministers to us. In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Thirty Days of Prayer for My Pastor – Day 28

 

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“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Lord Jesus, You left your Holy Spirit with us to not only comfort us, but also to speak for us. Today, Lord, I pray for my pastor to be open to whatever the Spirit leads him to say. Help him to recognize when the Spirit is leading him to go deeper into teaching us about spiritual warfare and how to use the weapons at our disposal, through the power of Jesus Christ. I know that my pastor is a sold out prayer warrior who recognizes that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but it is a fight that must be done on our knees.

I pray, Father God, that my pastor’s mind would be protected and that his thoughts would be in keeping with the obedience of Christ, that he would have no fear in speaking the truth to us knowing that God is already preparing us to hear it.

Lord, we need the truth in America today more than ever. We have gone our own selfish ways and we are really in a mess. Deliver us, Lord, and use our pastor to bring us to the right fellowship with God that we need. Speak to us, through him. I ask in Jesus’ Holy Name,

Amen

Thirty Days of Prayer for My Pastor – Day 26

Only four more days of prayer. I hope that these have inspired you in ways to pray not only for your pastor, but all clergy and workers in your church. These people are called by God to serve us and sometimes their arms get heavy, and just as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms to fight the battle, we are called to lift up our church leaders. The battle is real. We know that any time we are doing what God wants us to do, Satan gets angry and looks for gaps to stop us. This is not an end – all prayer list, it is only the beginning. Please, keep praying for those in church leadership.

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“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15:58

Lord, I know how Satan works overtime to break your leaders. I ask, Father, that today, my pastor would be encouraged that his work on behalf of our congregation is not in vain. Lives have been changed; relationships mended; sadness comforted, all because he follows You and gives us your message.

I pray, Lord, for my pastor to feel the joy in the work that You have called him do do, and that he would thrive on serving You. I also ask, Father, that he would continue to produce the fruit that will remain for your glory. And, Lord, if You could pull back the shades and let him see that fruit every now and then, just to encourage him, then I would be forever grateful.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Thirty Days of Prayer for My Pastor – Day 25

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do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Lord, I ask that my pastor would be a man of prayer who is able to turn every care over to You, his Father. I ask that when problems arise in his life that he would go to You first, and not as a last resolution.

I pray that he would enjoy the peace of mind that passes all understanding in every facet of life. That he would be able to rest at night, knowing that You care and that You are in control. Help him to release any urges he has that would cause him to try to resolve things himself so that Your mighty power can work in each situation.

And, Father, I pray for our church to practice taking every concern and decision to You, our God, in prayer. I ask in Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Thirty Days of Prayer for My Pastor – Day 24

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“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

Father God, our pastor has been called, by You, to serve your people. He is the shepherd of the flock that You chose, and You have placed him in a position of merit within our church. You have called him to a position that is scrutinized by everyone: family, friends, community. His every action, every word, every deed is measured by human measures.

I pray for my pastor, Lord, that he would fulfill his desires for goodness and for him to be empowered by You to be counted worthy of your calling. I pray for his total leaning on You for his measure and that the voice of the people would not serve to lessen his desire to serve You fully. I pray for him to bring glory to the name of your Son, Jesus Christ through his strength in You and the wisdom that only You can give. Let him never lean on his own understanding, but to always look to You for his answers.

Cover my pastor with your grace; the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ in whose name I pray.

Amen