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types of results that we can immediately see - that a candidate will or won't be elected, that a bill will pass or be repealed, etc.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.
Monday, January 08, 2018
President Trump will be in Nashville this afternoon speaking at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. He will be addressing the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention. Zippy Duvall, president of the organization, said, “President Trump is fully aware of the economic difficulties farmers and ranchers have gone through these past few years. The economic issues he has outlined, including reform of our nation’s tax and regulatory systems, match many of the issues on Farm Bureau’s agenda.”
After visiting Nashville, President Trump will travel to Atlanta where he will attend the college football national championship game between Georgia and Alabama. Ahead of the game, the White House praised both teams saying that they are “two great football teams in the greatest conference in the country.”
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
In the morning, President Trump will meet with a bipartisan group of Senators to talk about the needs in overhauling immigration. As a budget deadline comes ever closer, many in congress believe that a resolution with DACA is a key component of any deal. Because of this, immigration reform is at the top of the list for congress and is a motivating factor in bringing together today’s meeting.
On Saturday, President Trump spoke that he, like many, wants to keep DACA in the process of reform, “We want DACA to happen… but we also want great security for our country."
Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi showed optimism as well about the White House meeting, “I think the opportunity is there. I do think the president sincerely would like to deal with DACA.”
The Senate has until January 19th to negotiate a deal and vote on the budget to avoid a government shutdown.
As the Lord Leads, please pray:
The President's Schedule