The Bible is pretty clear on how we're supposed to pray for our leaders. It also gives a pretty good indication that leaders are only there with God's permission. While it's true that people vote and elect the leader of their choice, the election results reflect the moral character and beliefs of the people. There has never been an elected official that hasn't had a target on his or her back. That's unfortunate and sad that we can't respect people.
Years ago I learned about a word called "promulgate" which means to make an idea known to many people by declaring it. I had questioned a decision in a court of law and I was told "Those who promulgate the law interpret the law." They went on to explain that those folks who make up the law have the ability to decide what it means when they want to use it. This doesn't work in favor of common people. What does this have to do with fasting and praying? Folks are now applying the same flawed wisdom to politics. They decide who to pray for based on their changing opinions of the person's character.
Every leader in politics deserves to be prayed for, regardless of whether they're your favorite person or not. Our current President may not be squeaky clean, but neither am I and neither are you. My character is not what it used to be thanks to my life given over to Jesus Christ and His more excellent way of life. There are some really good things happening in our country right now. It's time to kick up the effort to fast and pray with more urgency.
When leaders of a country show support for the most innocent and vulnerable lives of unborn children, that's the ultimate respect for life. There is no other issue as important as human life. If we get that right, God will lead us to greater acts of love for our neighbors. Maybe some day indivisible will be a word on earth as it is in heaven.
DAY TWENTY WORD
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (TPT)
Instruction on Prayer
“Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God.
Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests
as you intercede with intense passion.
And pray for every political leader and representative,
so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives,
as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts.”
1 Peter 2:17 (TPT)
“Recognize the value of every person
and continually show love to every believer.
Live your lives with great reverence and in holy awe of God.
Honor your rulers.”
Romans 13:1 (AMP)
Be Subject to Government
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God
[granted by His permission and sanction],
and those which exist have been put in place by God.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
“ if My people who are called by My name
will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
DAY TWENTY PRAYER
Thank you God for the unity of your Word. You teach us about agreeing with each other in respect. There should be no division over the life of unborn children. You told us to put on love which will bind us together in perfect unity. You love children and you want us to love them on earth as in heaven. Forgive us as a nation. Lead us with leaders who will follow your ways of protecting the innocent and the most vulnerable. Amen.
DAY TWENTY DEEP THOUGHTS
- How do you advocate for the unborn?
- Have you given much thought to Preventable Death?
- Who do you speak up for that can't speak up for themselves?
- If you withhold your power to speak up for the voiceless, there may come a day when you are voiceless.