Friday August 26, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior. – 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NET).
LISTEN : Do we owe a special duty to other people? Do we equally owe same duty to those in authority? Yes we do! Some may disagree with me because of sentiments, but the bible is clear on this matter. In our verse of the day, the bible mentioned two categories of people we owe this special responsibility – to pray for, intercede for and give thanks to God concerning them. They’re : firstly, all men, and secondly, those in authority (vv.1,2). What does all men include? It includes our friends, enemies, relatives, strangers, the whites, the blacks, the young and the old, the great and the small, the good and the bad, the thankful and the ungrateful, the wise and the foolish, etc. Most times, we ignore this command of the bible because we believe that some people doesn’t worth our prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving.
We’re commanded as children of God to give thanks, pray and intercede for those in authority. So who’re those in authority we should pray for? They’re: leaders of all levels – kings, presidents, governors, senators, local government administrators, tribes, clans and community leaders, pastors (spiritual leaders), schoolteachers, etc. Our leaders may fall short of our expectations but we must not fail in our God-given responsibility – pray, give thanks, and intercede for them (v.3). Sadly, what many do today is join to gossip, criticise and devour our leaders with derogatory and damaging remarks. Beloved, what can we achieve with that? Nothing but frustration, stagnation and confusion.
If there’s anyone who should destructively criticise those in authority it should be Apostle Paul. He was afflicted, persecuted, imprisoned and mistreated by the then Roman government for no just cause. However, rather than feel bad and criticise the authority, he chose to pray for them. Similarly, in his epistle to Timothy he enjoined that believers in Christ should rather pray for those in authority than criticise them. Henceforth, let’s pray and intercede for our leaders for the change we desire. Remember, the more time you have to destructively criticise those in authority, the less time you have to pray, give thanks and intercede for them. The day you become a leader you’ll suddenly discover that no man is good for everyone.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Spend more time praying for those in authority and less time in criticising them.
2. If you have the opportunity, make meaningful recommendations to the government of your people.
3. Always talk to God about the positive change you want to see and trust him to work it out.
Daily Task : Rather than criticise our leaders constantly and fruitlessly, let’s pray and intercede for them for the change we desire.
Daily Reflection : The day you come into a position of leadership, you’ll suddenly discover that no man is good for everyone.
Prayer : Blessed Father, help me to overcome the temptation to engage those in authority with destructive criticism in Jesus Christ’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, in every government, God will cause you to succeed in Jesus ‘ name.