As I pray, read and listen I get a sense of a political spirit that is roaming this country looking to destroy hope, bring fear, anger and bitterness. I wonder how much those who call on God are truly calling on God during this time or praying against things. What happens is that more and more people are praying against leaders (whether you agree or disagree with the leader or not) instead of praying for that person. Yes, this means we pray for even if we totally disagree with their viewpoint. Now I am a social justice nut and see a nation that has betrayed race, gender and many other things. It makes me very angry and upset at a lot of leaders. But in my anger I found one thing…a spirit that wants, desires for all people to have this anger, hurt and bitterness. This is that political spirit that is not of God.
This is not how we as people of God are called to live. We are called to pray for, lift up in the midst of our disagreement. I read this passage today:
1 Timothy 2:-4 2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
I get this strange feeling that if the people of God pray more against a leader that what they will get is their worst nightmare. Let me explain…you pray against a leader or pray at a leader then what happens is this political spirit takes over and you get exactly what you thought. I heard a story today of a foreign nation years ago that thought the elected official was the anti-christ. So the people started to pray against this leader or more pray at the leader and what they got was an “anti-christ” person. A leader that was against anything of God or helping people. What if instead of praying at this leader, they prayed for in thanksgiving? Praying in thanksgiving changes the atmosphere of how we pray.
I am like a bunch of you and not real excited about how our nation is going. But, I am now changing my prayer. I am praying for the new leaders coming in. I prayed for ALL the previous ones. Why would I not pray for the new leader coming in? I may not like all they do or say but I know that the prayers for the new administration in a spirit of thankfulness to God can change anyone. I think we forget to lean on a greater power and a greater authority.
Petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for ALL people, for kings and ALL those in authority. This is the only way to defeat the political spirit. Rise up and be a people of love and prayer. There is and always will be a power that is greater than in this world.