Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
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"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types of results that we can immediately see - that a candidate will or won't be elected, that a bill will pass or be repealed, etc.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.
Multiple Fatalities in Texas School Shooting
Student Suspect in Police Custody
President Evaluates Abortion Rule
Proposal to prevent funding to organizations that provide abortions
President Donald Trump recently announced that he would be taking steps to keep federal funds from any organization that offers or refers women abortions. While federal funds currently do not pay for abortion services, these new rules would prevent Title X funds, which are intended for family planning services, to go to any organization that also conduct abortions.
These new rules are similar to rules that were in place during the Reagan administration. These rules also come on the heels of Planned Parenthood filing suit due to federal Title X funds being expanded to organizations that offer natural family planning and abstinence-only education. Following the review of the White House budget office, these rules would go into place.
Sources: NPR, The Economist, Washington Examiner
As the Lord Leads, please pray: