A scripture which often provokes me is 1 Tim 2 v 1-2 “I urge then, first of all that … prayers … be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”. When Paul wrote these words to Timothy, the notorious Roman emperor Nero was in power! In my Bible, there is a cross-reference to Jeremiah 29 v 7 which says “also seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” That is an amazing promise. If our country prospers through God’s blessing, as we pray, then we will also prosper!
How we need that promise at this time in our history and nothing is impossible with God.
I have been inspired by a book called “I Love Prayer” by Rachel Hickson and she majors on praying for cities (particularly capitals) and areas of influence like politics. For many years it was my practice to write to my MP or speak in person about political issues which were of concern and I was careful not just to be complaining but encouraging too. I was always impressed that they listened and responded. Nowadays, it is so easy just to sign a petition on Facebook and forget it!
SO for my 40 days of devotion, I am choosing to pray for the government, our local MP, our lawmakers and other areas as I feel the Holy Spirit will show me. Why not join me?