As I drive around running my daily errands and performing my daily daddy duties, I see many vehicles with “I lift Detroit in prayer” bumper stickers. I though to myself, that is awesome, I lift Detroit up too! But God placed this on my heart: It is not only Detroit that we must lift up; the state, the country, the world, world leaders (including our own), and numerous others. The Bible states that we are to pray for those in authority over us, that includes city, state, federal, and world leaders. 1Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”. As you can see, praying for our leaders not only benefits them, it benefits us as well. Praying for those in authority over you keeps you focused on God and aligns your heart with the heart of Jesus. Jesus has the heart of a servant. Not had, but has; He is our Chief Intercessor with the Father. Therefore, He is still has a servant’s heart. Jesus Christ has all authority in Heaven and earth, but still chooses to serve by interceding for us day and night. That is the example that we are to model ourselves after.
When you enter your prayer space, I urge you to remember to pray for others, even your enemies, because that is what our Father desires of us. Just like your parents always told you, you should be the bigger person. Praying for your enemies is a Biblical concept. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. If Jesus was able to pray for those who were killing Him while He hung on the Cross, we certainly can pray for those who talk bad about us or try to make us look bad. Just keep your eyes focused on Him who you follow and He will light your paths. My prayer is that we all change the world through prayer, one heart at a time.
.Until next time may God bless and keep you, and may His face shine upon you. To our Lord be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever. Amen.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35