THEME: CHURCH AND POLITICS
1 Timothy 2:1-2
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
-The other category of political participants is the passive participant. These include intercessors who pray for the active participants, the election process and the national affairs. The above scriptures exhort us to pray for all governmental leaders and politicians. As bad as they may seem or as corrupt as we might believe they are, this does not relieve us of our responsibility to pray for those who are over us. Further, we are all called to pray for our nation whether you are a citizen or a foreigner, God call everyone of us to Pray for the prosperity and peace of the land.
There are two categories of participants in politics; these are active and passive. Active participants include:- political aspirants, political advisers, political sensitizers and voters. We also have passive participants who include the intercessors or prayer warriors. Political aspirants are those who are interested and involved in political offices. We might think that we have control over who runs the government but actually God is the One Who plucks up and puts down leaders. He is the One Who removes and sets up kings and kingdoms, including those who have authority over us. God gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding (Daniel 2:21). Through God’s grace, kings reign, princes govern and all who rule on earth (Proverbs 8:15-15). God chooses our leaders and fills them with the Holy Spirit. When Saul was appointed he was filled with the Holy Spirit and he prophesied (1 Samuel 10:10). David was also filled with the Spirit of the Lord when he was appointed. Saul disobeyed the commands of God and he was dethroned. David a neglected shepherd boy was elected as he was a man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14). The link between church and politics that our hearts should be after God’s own hearts. In whatever capacity God has called us, we should follow the word of God and pray that His will may be done on earth as it in heaven. As leaders, we should always seek the Lord and hear from Him in all our ways for it is God who gives victory and favor. For, when the righteous rule, the people rejoice. Righteous leadership are established in the Lord and He gives them wisdom. Political advisor who should seek after the will of God and not for personal gain. Gehazi chose to take silver and garment when his boss Elisha refused a gift from Naaman, and he caught leprocy (2 Kings 5). Balaam followed after personal gain to proclaim a curse upon Israel under king Balak’s instructions, and his donkey was used to perform the will of God (Numbers 22). It is vital to give godly advise when we are called to do so by our leaders. Many rulers who listens to Godly advice prospered in their reign. Good advice leads to good decision making which in turn causes a positive impact to the nation. Sensitizers should also follow after the will of God, and not for selfish gains. Activists, social groups, bloggers, journalists, human rights groups, church elders and other religious persons, should be keep to hear from God and deliver the message as God instructs. When about four hundred men were called to prophecy to king Ahab, they lied regarding victory in war but but prophet Micaiah proclaimed the truth (1 kings 22). When there are righteous sensitizers, the right information gets to the right hands and God ordained action is taken. When we begin by voting, electing or casting lots, we exercise our democratic rights and thus participate actively in politics. We are called to seek God’s counsel when it comes to election of leaders so that we may make the right choices. The disciples prayed while casting lots and elected Mathias to take over after Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:26). We are all called to pray for our leaders and nation, as intercessors, and the will of God will be established on earth as it is in heaven. We are called to seek the peace and prosperity of the land we live in for if we do so, we too shall partake of the blessing that come along with it. May we submit our hearts to God, and become vessels to be used by the Lord for God to work through us. Whether we are active or passive participants, we are called to pray for the will of God to prevail on the land, and for the election of the right leaders.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your word and Your will which You divinely establish on earth. We thank You for all You do for us and for taking care of all our needs. We exalt You and praise You for there is none like You. We are our great Advisor, our Prince of peace and our wonderful Counsellor, truly in You there is wise and perfect counsel. Father today, we pray for wise, true and righteous leaders. We pray that Your hand will be found at the center of our political affairs. We pray that You will appoint for us men and women after Your own hearts so that Your will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. Father, may You put good advisors to walk with our leaders. May You put righteous political sensitizers to spread the gospel of peace and the true information to the right people for Your glory and Your power to be seen in leadership. Father may You forgive us the times we have disobeyed You, and cover us with Your precious blood. We surrender our hearts to You, may You use us as Your vessel of honor for Your glory. We call upon You to help us as vote in August, that You may lead us and guide us to make the right decisions. May Your peace prevail in our nation always, our Prince of peace. We thank You and praise Your Holy Name now and forever dear Jesus. Oh God of all creation, bless this our land and nation. May justice be our shield and defender. May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty. May plenty be found within our borders. May You bless us and keep us, make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May Your favor be upon us and may You give us peace. Amen.
Further reading: John 14:27
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