Thursday, September 3, 2015

PRAY FOR YOUR LEADERS

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Pro 21:1
The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. [KJV]

Very many years ago when the people of Israel cried to God for deliverance from Egypt. God decided He would display His glory to Egypt with 10 significant signs. In order to do this, God hardened Pharaoh's heart.

Many years after that, the children of Israel were in captivity again. And an enemy arose against them who swore to eliminate every Jew at a certain date. God's people prayed. The night before the set date, the king could not sleep. That night began the miraculous turn around which saw Hagar the arch enemy of the Jews hanged to death. When it was time to return to their land and build their city, Daniel prayed and God put it in the heart of Cyrus the king of Persia to favor Israel. He provided all the logistics for their return. (See Exodus, Esther and Ezra)

These stories from Scriptures show us that God directs the ruler's heart when we pray. In 1 Tim 1-2, we are encouraged to pray for everyone in authority. In Rom 13: 1-6, we are told that people who lead us are God's ministers. Even Nebuchadnazzer - the feared king of Babylon was called a servant of God (Jer 43:10). Anyone in power is God's agent to bring about His purpose. When we do not pray for them we expose them to Satan's manipulations and we are the ultimate target as the Church.

Start the day with a prayer for the people in authority over you. Ask God to work in their hearts to favor His good purpose.

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