There are two amazing verses in the Bible that we have so gotten used to that it often doesn’t make sense anymore. We don’t need to be overly familiar with these verses or else we risk missing out on some vital truths. The Bible says
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 KJV
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” – Romans 5:5 KJV
The world may not give us what is due to us but we must give the world what is due for it. The world never accepted Jesus but Jesus accepted the world. When we understand that we carry the destiny of men on our shoulders, we will burn with the same degree of passion that sent Jesus to the cross.
There is a depth of God’s love that changes everything in us! It sets our hearts on fire and we live solely for God! Some men have sold out themselves to a cause! These men don’t see pain, rejection or physical death as an obstacle. They walk right through it!
Like the military, we are not moved by feelings, we are not designed to function by what is happening around us. As long as we are in this world, we have a duty and we carry it out with every sense of responsibility. One of the duties we owe the world is praying for its leaders.
They are leading us as a nation and good leaders are products of good followers. They may not be good leaders but in praying for them, we are doing away with whatever we have against them and expressing love for them, therefore setting an example that others can follow even towards us.
Let’s see what the Bible says
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” – Hebrews 13:17 ESV
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.” – 1 Peter 2:13-14 ESV
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience…” – Romans 13:1-7
These verses are very self-explanatory. We give to Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser, we obey the governing authorities and help make work easier for them. We pray for them knowing that they are a great influence. Many believers have neglected this simple but very vital duty, we only sit and complain about how they aren’t getting things right but we aren’t doing our part. Sometimes, the reason many of us don’t pray for those in authority is that we don’t even believe in prayers anymore.
Having said that, we give to Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser but we don’t give to Ceaser what belongs to God. Even in disagreeing with those in authority where it is called for, we must do so with a disposition of love and respect. Jesus didn’t agree with Pilate on all front but Jesus never abused Pilate.
When it is demanded of us by men to disobey God, we go all out and show our loyalty to God! Our respect and honour for men is only because of God after all! We are loyal to God even in the face of death. We must come to that point where we stand for God at all cost regardless of the pressure even as we continue to pray and intercede for these leaders.
Let’s read some few places in the Bible
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation 12:11 KJV
There is another like it
“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” – Esther 4:16 KJV
Bringing this to our present time, how many people are willing to stand for the cause of the gospel even when it is not according to the law of the land? You see, Esther was not being rebellious, Esther was not fighting constituted authority, she had a cause greater than the office of the Queen, a cause that concerns God’s kingdom and she was willing to do anything because there was passion in her heart, a passion that is beyond words.
Let’s read another place too
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Daniel 3:16-18 KJV
They weren’t being careful about it. They have always obeyed the king, they have always served the king but in the matters of the kingdom, they were willing to be punished and branded rebels for standing with truth and standing alone!
This can play out differently today. It takes a great level of conviction to stand your ground where others are afraid to stand. It takes a heart burning for God! Sometimes, we are faced with not just political figures but with our parents, our friends or even Pastors!
Let’s learn from Peter
“We must obey God rather than men.” – Acts 5:29 ESV
Sometimes, in giving the world what is due for it, we may face persecution, we may face opposition and we may face rejections! But we are not perturbed because we know that we are not alone in this.
Regardless of what our experience of these leaders is, we must not be ceasing in praying for them.
When we pray for the leaders, we aren’t praying because they are good, we are praying because we know that when the righteous is on the throne the people rejoice.
- We pray that they come to the knowledge of the truth which produces righteousness.
- We pray because it is our duty.
- We discharge our duties whether we are loved or not.
One major reason why we must pray for the leaders is that they are at the helm of decision making and their policies have the capacity of making it easier or tougher in effective ministry. We pray for their hearts to be yielded to God’s will
By the Spirit, we make the land fertile for the progress of the gospel. As long as the Church remains on earth, we are the prevailing force! We aren’t prevailing in the place of opposition against political parties, we are prevailing as enforcers of God’s will and purpose on earth.
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