The Word: 1 Timothy 1: 1 (KJV)
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Think about it
PRAYING FOR OUR LEADERS
Gradually the first month in 2018 has come to an end. We need to give God praise.
In our texts today, At least 3 types of prayers are encouraged for our leaders and people in authority:
To supplicate is to make requests. To pray for specific things, to ask for certain blessings and favour, to ask for God’s help or intervention on a matter.
To intercede however is to pray for mercy on behalf of someone. Intercession always goes hand in hand with asking for forgiveness and repentance. So to intercede on behalf of someone is to pray repentance prayer on their behalf and ask for mercy. Typical example is Abraham interceding on behalf of Lot / Sodom and Gomorrah, Nehemiah interceding on behalf of the Israelites, Daniel interceding on behalf of the Israelites.
To pray for thanksgiving is to thank God for what he has done, to eulogise God, to exalt him, to appreciate him, to give him all the praise
So these 3 types of prayers, God wants us to do for our leaders. Repent on their behalf. Asf for mercy on their behalf, Make petitions on their behalf, And thank God on their behalf. Can we then go ahead and do these 3 things today……
Leaders prayed for are more likely to do well
Our memory verse for January 2018
Habakkuk 2: 2
2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Let’s take a few moment to learn our memory verse for this month by heart. It can be memorised in 2 lines:
Line 1: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision,
Line 2: and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Once you say it a few times it will stick.
Prayer focus: Our prayers for the next level project:
Let us pray for our leaders. The General overseer, the other assistants, deputies, regional pastors, zonal and area pastors, our local pastors, ministers, HOD’s cluster heads etc
Masterlife Workbook: The Church is embarking on weeks of discipleship workbook study: Masterlife now on the 2nd workbook: The Disciple’s personality