Prayer; June 3, 2019

1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

I find it interesting, and no accident, that God arranged for this to come up in today’s reading, while it is still Sunday, June 2nd, in the US, because of Franklin Graham and others calling for a day of prayer for President Trump. To me, it confirms that this was God’s idea, because those who are attacking the president certainly don’t seem to be interested in our living “peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” The spiritual battle is certainly intensifying. It’s certainly not that Donald Trump is perfect, far from it. There are no perfect people walking the planet, and Jesus was the only exception to that ever. However, as has been said, you can often judge a man by his enemies, and in my book, that emphatically lumps Trump in with the “good guys.” At the same time, the vitriol against him is exposing things that were probably there under the surface all along, but are now being made evident. Just yesterday a Japanese Christian made reference to Jesus’ statement that “There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” (Luke 8:17) He said that it’s happening right now in the US, and he expects it to happen in Japan in about five or six years. All of that certainly calls for believers to stay alert and pray. Some of us are called to be active in other ways as well, but all believers are called to pray. This is all part of the Lord’s Prayer, asking that God’s kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Any time we pray, for anything at all, we need to offer ourselves to God as His instrument for answering that prayer, whatever it is. Prayer is not passive! When we pray that the Body of Christ would stand up as a mighty army against evil, we need to be very aware that we are a part of that army. When we pray that God’s will be done, we need to be careful that we personally are doing God’s will, and nothing else. Prayer is aligning ourselves with God and His will, and as such it has more power than all the military and governments in the world. We need to exercise prayer under the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God.

I was raised with prayer being as natural as breathing, but that doesn’t mean I’ve always been faithful in prayer. However, in recent years I have been growing in this area, though I still have far to go. I am often provoked by the information I receive, whether it is about politics, as already mentioned, or about the persecution of Christians around the world. At times I feel overwhelmed, but I’ve got to remember that indeed, nothing is impossible with God, (Luke 1:37) and give my will to God in prayer for His will to be done on this earth. I am not to consider any human being an enemy, but I am to recognize the enemy of our souls who controls them and stand firm against him, for their salvation as much as for mine. I am indeed to pray that those in government be controlled by God, whether they acknowledge Him or not. And as much as I might want a “quiet, peaceful life,” I am not to draw back from conflict, knowing that in Christ I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)

Father, thank You for this Word, and for the timing of it. Thank You for all You are doing throughout the world. Help me recognize and fulfill my part in Your plan, for the salvation of many and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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