Thursday, May 2 is National Day of Prayer. It’s a day set aside to encourage us to pause from our busy schedule and reserve time to pray for our nation and the nations. Pray for our nation’s leaders, including our spiritual leaders, social leaders, political leaders and financial leaders. These are the movers and shakers in all levels of culture. They are people of influence who make policies and cast vision – good or bad.
God’s word calls us to pray for all leaders. “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
The application of this scripture must go beyond the nation where we live. We must pray for the leaders of all nations. For example, the leader of North Korea sets the course for millions of people. If God moves him to open the country for distribution of the Bible, it would change everything! Extend that illustration to the many nations where God’s word is not available and is not honored. Pray for all leaders of all nations. Pray that doors will open for believers to freely proclaim the gospel in all nations.
On May 2, gather with other believers in your office or organization during lunch hour or another appropriate time. Pray with your family at mealtime or reserve a special family gathering to pray for our nation and the nations. The power of prayer should never be minimized.
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