I serve as a chaplain at the county jail. Regularly the inmates ask for prayer Can you guess what the number one prayer request is? They want me to pray for them to get out of jail.
Sometimes I visit people in the hospitals. They ask for prayer so they can be healed.
Yesterday when I got out of the car at the church building I heard someone say “Hey pastor!” I barely turned off the engine of my car. I didn’t see anyone in the parking lot. He must have pulled in immediately afterwards. Turns out he wanted some money, and he wanted me to pray for him. So I asked, “How do you want me to pray for you?” He looked stunned. Then he looked like he was thinking of a possible topic for prayer. Then he answered, “My finances and my relationships!” I think he was up to something else.
Nevertheless, how would you want people to pray for you? For things to go well? For you to have good health? To be protected from harm? For everyone to like you? For spiritual growth? For fruitfulness in your life? For encouragement? For your financial needs to be met? For a job that meets your needs? For close friends? For success and prosperity? Wow, this list is easy to rattle off. There are a bunch of ways for people to pray for you!
Now for a harder group to pray for. What about government leaders -
I think I found a clue in the Bible. Jesus said, In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Oh, so all I have to do is figure out how I would want people to pray for me if I were in office. I guess another way would be to go up a couple of paragraphs and see the list of ways we might want others to pray for us, and I could use that as a start.
I heard years ago that business leaders in communist countries would secretly hire Christians to do work for them, because they knew they would do the best work. Even some of the government leaders would show secret favoritism for Christians, because believers worked the hardest to make their bosses succeed. Consequently many leaders have become Christians, not because the believers yelled at them, but because they loved their bosses and demonstrated the character of Christ.
God works through our leaders -
October 29, 2018
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How do You View Government?
Some government leaders make wrong decisions? How should we respond?