Sunday, November 18, 2012

Reason to Pray

       Prayer for people who are in positions of authority is commanded in Scripture.  
      1 Timothy 2:1-4 says, "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleasesGod our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."       
      When South African pastor and author Andrew Murray read this passage, he wrote in response:
"I once heard the late international Bible teacher, Derek Prince, expand on this. He said that it doesn't matter what plans, systems, or programs you devise. If you bypass prayer, you will not have power to carry them out. He compared prayerless intentions to a building that is wired for electricity – but if it's not connected to a power source, nothing will work, even if the wires are in good order and the light fixtures are beautiful. Our power-source is prayer, and we are enjoined in the Bible to pray in particular for "kings and all who are in authority," for good government and wise leadership. Why? So that (1) we might have peace and order, (2) for the propagation of the Gospel, and (3) because God desires all men to be saved."

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