Capt. Lookatmy Broadside
Joined: Jul 17, 2005
Posted at 3:29 pm on Oct 26, 2009
This is a summary of an article by Paul Borthwick.
How should we pray for our government and world leaders as Paul exhorts us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2?
*Pray Confidently. God is sovereign, and the whole earth is under His control. (Romans 13:1, Jeremiah 27:4-7, Revelation 13:5, 7, 14-15)
*Pray humbly and repentantly. Democratically elected leaders may reflect the spiitual and moral character of a nation. Other times, God puts people in power to carry out His judgment. (Jeremiah 25:9, 27:6, 43:10, Habakkuk 1:12)
*Pray biblically. God has given rulers authority so that they will do good, defend what is right, and punish evil. (Romans 13:3-4, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Jeremiah 22:3) Pray that our leaders will establish societal peace. (1 Timothy 2:2)
*Pray faithfully. Prayers should not be reserved for elections, national crises, or political leaders we either love or detest. [The author uses this system: Pray for national leaders daily. In addition, match a continent or subcontinent with each day of the week. Mondays, pray for leaders in Europe; Tuesdays, Canada; Wednesdays, North Africa and the Muslim world; Thursdays, pray for the rest of Africa; Fridays, Central and South Asia and Australia; Saturdays, East Asia. Sundays pray for global leaders who influence many nations, such as the leaders of the EU, secretary general of the UN, the pope, etc.]
*Pray patiently. God seldom works in history and political leaders as quickly as we'd like.
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