Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
"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.This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." -- 1 Timothy 2:1-4
For the past couple of years, I've been posting prayer requests from the Presidential Prayer Team, and I will continue that in this new discussion for 2018.
One of the most commonly quoted passages used to encourage us to pray for our leaders is 1 Timothy 2:1-2. We understand that God calls us to pray for our leaders; elsewhere we're told that when kings rule in righteousness, the people are happy.
But there's more to it than that. We need to pray for our leaders in such a way that their leadership results in open doors for the Gospel and for people to come to know Christ. This is the goal of verse 4 - "all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth". We are to pray with this end in mind.
So it's not just about praying that a bill will (or won't) pass. It's about praying that the result of the bill will be to bring honor to God and open doors for the Gospel. We often pray for the types of results that we can immediately see - that a candidate will or won't be elected, that a bill will pass or be repealed, etc. But God calls us to pray with far more than that in mind. Humility requires us to admit that we don't know what God knows about what might be best for our country, best for the people, etc.
So I encourage you, as you pray for our leaders, to pray with God's purposes in mind - not conservative purposes or liberal purposes but the purposes of the one to whom all history points.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear whether California is violating free speech rights by forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to post information about the availability of state-funded abortions.
California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care and abortion for eligible women.
The case was brought by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, which operates pregnancy centers nationwide, including about 130 in California. The group says California’s law forces them to promote a medical procedure they oppose.
A decision is expected by the end of June and could trigger legal changes in other states, such as Hawaii and Illinois that have similar laws. Depending on the outcome, reproductive rights advocates may seek to overturn pro-life laws that require doctors to tell women that abortions lead to mental health problems or breast cancer, disclosures that abortion advocates say are false.
As the Lord Leads, please pray: