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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Thirty Days of Prayer for My Pastor – Day 1

October is known in many places as Clergy Appreciation month, and how better can we appreciate our pastors than to pray for them? No matter what religious affiliation you are in, join with me to pray for your church leaders. Now, I will focus the title on Pastors, but my hope is that you will take the Scripture references and prayers and use them as starting points for your own personal supplications. Pray for  all servants of God: Pastor, Music Minister, Sunday school teachers, deacons, elders, Women’s Ministry leaders, Outreach, and all that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind as you pray. Let’s pray and watch as God answers. “Father God, as we begin this thirty days of prayer for our pastors, open our hearts and our minds to those who you want us to include in these prayers.  Revival starts today!

“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.”

Ephesians 6:18-19

Lord, I lift my pastor up to You. He has dedicated his life to serving You and your people and I know that he only wants the best for each member of the family that You have entrusted him with. I ask, Father God, that he would take this calling as a direct communication from You to fulfill your desires on earth. Protect him from becoming so “people pleasing” that he forgets that his only call is to please You. Show him daily that it is impossible to ever please all of the people, but that it is simple to please You…all he has to do is listen for Your voice.

I pray, Lord, that when he rises to bring your message, that he is so in tune to You that he can only speak what You have put on his heart for our church. Release him from fear and give him boldness in speaking whatever your Holy Spirit leads him to say.

I pray that he will carry the mantle of Elijah and that he will experience the anointing of the Holy Spirit each time he preaches your Word. Thank you for leading our pastor to lead us.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen