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THANKSGIVING FOR GOVERNING AUTHORITIES (PART 5)

This is the last in a series on praying for our governments by T. L. Wiens. You can read the others at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4)

Thanksgiving for Governing Authorities (Part 5)

by T. L Wiens

It’s easy to give thanks for God’s goodness in our lives. A bit harder to find things to give thanks for when it comes to governing authorities. At a time when our country seems to be on a slippery slope of antichrist policy, the last thing on my mind is giving thanks for the leadership of the day.

It’s hard to find a specific prayer of thanksgiving for governing authorities but we see in David’s actions towards Saul, the respect and love for an authority even when Saul wanted to kill David.

2 Samuel 1 shows an eulogy of praise for Saul from David:

“They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”
“I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.
David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”
Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.’”
David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):
“A gazelle lies slain on your heights, Israel.
How the mighty have fallen!
“Tell it not in Gath,
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.
“Mountains of Gilboa,
may you have neither dew nor rain,
may no showers fall on your terraced fields.
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.
“From the blood of the slain,
from the flesh of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
Saul and Jonathan—
in life they were loved and admired,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.
“Daughters of Israel,
weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and finery,
who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold”(2 Samuel 1:12-24 NIV).

These words echo the times David bowed to Saul’s authority and accepted his position of king.

I know my attitude towards my government needs adjusting when I look at these passages.

I know my prayers for my government will change after looking at these prayer models. I need to make sure I’m making supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving for those men and women who take on the task of leading our country. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance and my obedience, prayers for authorities and governing officials can become an effective part of my prayer life.

And I also read in Colossians:

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians: 1:15-16 NIV).

INTERCESSIONS FOR GOVERNING AUTHORITIES (PART 4)

This is the fourth in a series on how to pray for our governments. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Intercessions for Governing Authorities (Part 4)

by T. L. Wiens

Intercession has been defined to me as a prayer made on the behalf of another person. The idea of “standing in the gap.” There are a lot of intercessions made by the prophets on behalf of the Israelites. One of my favourite examples is when Moses is in the mountain in the presence of God:

“”The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”

“So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold.  But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”  The LORD replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin” “(Exodus 32:30-34 NIV).

Intercessory prayer always amazes me because so often it is putting yourself in harm’s way. Israel deserved to be destroyed and Moses stood up for them to the point of requesting his name be blotted out of the book. Wow.

When I think of governing authorities and intercessory prayer, I see that we face much the same task as Moses. It isn’t an easy task or might I say, one that I look at as desirable. But it is commanded.

PRAYERS FOR GOVERNING AUTHORITIES (PART 3)

For the past two Mondays T. L. Wiens has been wrestling with how and why to pray for our governments. This is her third segment. Here are part 1 and Part 2.

Prayers for Governing Authorities (Part 3)

by T. L. Wiens

I must admit to being confused when I read this list:

“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” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 KJ).

To me, supplications and prayers were the same thing but then they wouldn’t both be listed in the Timothy passage. They had to be different.

Going back to the Greek roots, I see they are very different words. “Prayers” is defined as prayer (worship); by implication an oratory (chapel).

To me, these are public prayers.

In my mom’s church, they pray for the government every Sunday. Sometimes it’s just a general prayer and others it’s a prayer focused heavily on a certain government policy. I think that’s the kind of prayer here. It is something that I’ve heard on occasion in other churches but seldom with the regularity that I’ve experienced in my mom’s church.

Read John 11:38-45 (NIV):

“Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.”

What a wonderful prayer and what an amazing result!

SUPPLICATIONS FOR GOVERNING AUTHORITIES (PART 2)

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.

PRAYING FOR GOVERNMENTS

Praying for Governments

by T. L. Wiens

I must confess to having a hard time praying for political leaders when I dislike so many of the policies they instate. But it is a command.

David of the Bible demonstrated respect for King Saul in ways that to me often seemed to go beyond reasonable. David understood that God appointed Saul and therefore, as God’s appointed, David had an obligation to respect that.

And today, like Saul and David were appointed Kings over Israel by God’s authority, our leaders are appointed by God.

Romans 13:1 (NIV)tells us so.

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

I Timothy 2:1-4 (KJ) 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. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Not only do I need to pray but I need to give supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanks. That’s a tough request when I struggle with political agendas and policies that are contrary to all I believe to be Truth. Surely God doesn’t want me to agree with these things that are contrary to His Word?

What are supplications, prayers intercessions and thanks? It is clear that I must investigate these to truly understand how to be obedient to God’s command in this area.

To be continued next Monday.

INTERCESSION: PATRIOTISM AT ITS HIGHEST

Intercession: Patriotism at its Highest

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission from October 4, 2010)

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Lamentations 3:43-66

TO CHEW ON: “My eyes overflow with rivers of water
For the destruction of the daughter of my people.My eyes flow and do not ceaseWithout interruptionTill the Lord from heavenLooks down and sees.” Lamentations 3:48-50
Jeremiah here shows himself a patriot whose heart breaks when God comes through with threatened judgments against Judah. What a picture of persevering intercession for his nation!

We are reminded of other leaders who prayed for their people.

  • Moses interceded for Israel when God threatened to destroy them after the golden calf incident (Exodus 32:30-32), and again when God’s anger was hot at their refusal to enter Canaan (Numbers 14:17-19).
  • Samuel prayed for the people when they wanted to return to God after a time of backsliding (1 Samuel 7:2-6).
  • David interceded for God’s mercy on the people after they were inflicted by a plague following his sin of initiating a census (1 Chronicles 21:16-19).

We don’t have to be leaders to intercede for our country. Dick Eastman says of the intercessor:

“An intercessor is a man or woman — or child — who fights on behalf of others. As such, intercession is the activity that identifies us most with Christ. To be an intercessor is to be like Jesus because that is what Jesus is like. He ever lives to intercede (Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34)!”

Eastman goes on to give four insights that help us understand the role of the intercessor and grasp its impact:

1. We must understand our “privilege” as intercessors. Christ is ever at God’s right hand (Romans 8:34 linked above), and from this position He intercedes for the saints continuously. To be at God’s right hand is spoken of in the Bible as being a great privilege and pleasure (Psalm 16:11).

2. We must understand our “position” as intercessors. We are energized (Ephesians 2:45), elevated (Ephesians 2:6: “raised… up together”), and enthroned with Christ in intercession (Mark 11:22-24).

3. We must understand our “promise” as intercessors. Our objective is to see God’s Kingdom established (Isaiah 11:9).

4. We must understand our “power” as intercessors. See Luke 10:19“Our Lord is saying that those who move in the direction of involvement and are willing to pay the price of intervention will have all the power necessary to confront demonic forces in their citadels.”

— Dick Eastman, summary and quotes from Love on its Knees, pp. 21-25.

What a privilege to be able to serve one’s country in this way!

PRAYER: Dear God, please give me the urgency and conviction of interceding for my nation that I see in Moses, Samuel, David and Jeremiah. Amen.

MORE: Intercession’s impact

“I am convinced that when we stand before God with the record of spiritual successes and failures, we will learn that intercessory prayer had more to do with bringing about positive changes in our world than any other single spiritual activity.” – Dick Eastman, Love On Its Knees, p. 17.