If you have noticed a pattern in the past several months of praying with us, it is not coincidence. Not only does it seem to be the natural desire of our hearts, but we find it repeated in scripture. Our prayers continue this week for the salvation of those who lead us and have been put into authority.
Unfortunately in a world of politics, we often vilify those we are in disagreement with. This is not to say that evil isn’t present in our world, but that we sometimes forget that everyone on earth is in need of one thing: Christ. Only the Holy Spirit is able to transform hearts. We have been mandated by Christ to proclaim the gospel (good news). What does it mean to proclaim? The greek word used here, kēryssō, means to herald. Herald is just a messenger (noun) or to bring a message of good tidings, announce, or foretell (verb).
Christ has instructed us in Mark 16:15 to be messengers of His truth. We are to announce Christ birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection. The good news brings life and hope. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No comes to the Father except through Christ. When we think about all that Christ has saved us from as individuals, our heart should be jumping to HERALD that same message to those who don’t know Him. Yes… even those in opposition to our own political or cultural beliefs. Yes… even those in opposition to our own moral standards.
Where does this discussion lead us? Once again we are met with a desire to pray those in leadership would be in right standing with God through a relationship with Jesus. A few weeks ago we prayed 1 Timothy 2. In continuance with that scripture, we have compiled a list of authorities. Obviously they are different for each community, but will you pray for them this week to know Jesus and acknowledge Him as Lord over their life?
Here’s a break-down of how to pray this week:
- Monday: Federal Government (President, Vice President, Cabinet Members, Congressional Leaders, Supreme Court Justices)
- Tuesday: State Government (Governor, Executive Leaders, Legislative Leaders, Judicial Leaders)
- Wednesday: Local Government (Mayor, City Counsel, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Judges, County Officials)
- Thursday: Military (And he set combat commanders over the people and gathered them together to him in the square at the gate of the city and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles. -2 Chronicles 32:6-8, emphasis added).
- Friday: Schools (School Board, Superintendents, Principals, Faculty and Staff)
- Saturday: Pray for your boss. If you are a business owner, pray that you walk in the wisdom and integrity of the Lord.
Remember, instructions for the prayer movement are simple:
- Set your alarm/reminder on your device for 12 Noon EST each day for prayer. You only need to spend 3-5 minutes in corporate prayer with us. If you aren’t able to pray at 12 Noon EST, NO PROBLEM! Just pick a consistent time of prayer each day.
- Use the weekly blog/email as a template of how we are praying for the week. It will include a scripture reference + 3 key points to pray.
- Share on social media! Our desire to see God’s people come together as ONE in prayer. The more people that join the movement the better!