26 April Open Heaven
MEMORISE: 1 Timothy 2:1-2
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
READ: 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (KJV)
“…Smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.” – (Zechariah 13:7)
Leaders of any group are very important to the future of the followers. The character, circle of friends, background, process of decision-making and even their emotional wellbeing all have a great impact on the people they are leading. This is why it is important that you pray for your leaders regularly.
We need to pray concerning their character and work ethics. Ecclesiastes 10:16 says:
“Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!”
We need to pray concerning their circle of friends and the kind of advice they give them (1 Kings 12:9-14). They are targets of the devil because he knows that once he strikes the shepherd, the sheep will scatter. It is not just the political leaders you should pray for, but your spiritual leaders as well; their actions and inactions can greatly affect the Church as a whole. If the church leaders are spiritually blind, there will be trouble in the land.
You need to also pray for the leaders in the academic sphere – the Minister of Education in the country, principals and teachers in your schools, as their decisions can greatly affect your children. Pray for leaders of industries as their decisions concerning quality and prices have a great effect on millions of lives. Pray for those at the frontage of technological innovations in our generation, who wield great influence on what our children will consume.
Imagine if the leaders in the industries were all born again, imagine the great impact that would make on the next generation. This is why I always encourage my children to go ahead and lead. Whatever sphere of life you are in, be the very best and lead the rest. The more Christian we have in the society, the more the Kingdom of God forges ahead.
ACTION POINT: Spend time praying for the leaders in different spheres of life in your nation and the world at large.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Chronicles 6.