Last Monday T. L. Wiens began her journey into how and why we need to pray for our governments)

Supplications for Governing Authorities (Part 2 )

by T. L Wiens

The definition of supplication is:

1. To ask for humbly or earnestly, as by praying.

2. To make a humble entreaty to; beseech.

Other words that came up with were favour, grace, supply. From this, I think prayers of supplication are what are often referred to as requests. I need to make requests for the governing authorities.

Ezra 8:21-23 (NIV) tells of a prayer of supplication:

“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.  I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.”  So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.”

I think for most of us, prayers of supplication dominate our prayer life. I know for me, I’m daily going to God with a need and He supplies.

To be continued next Monday.