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Scriptures to Pray for Leaders
Exodus 18:21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: (KJV)
2 Chron. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (KJV)
Job 12:23-25 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again. 24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. 25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. (KJV) . . . God often allows a nation to obtain more land, but later then shuts them up inside their ancient boundaries. All these things are shown to be the importance of God's acting in His judgment, love and mercy; for it is by the LORD that kings reign; it is the LORD who puts down one and raises up another. We need to pray for wisdom for those who rule us.
Psalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations. (KJV) . . . Do not take the advantage, in ploughing or breaking up a field adjoining your neighbor. Do not set dividing stones [landmarks] farther into his field so you enlarge your own land. Do NOT take anything that is not your own. Bring in no new creeds, rites or formalities, into religion. . . . Jer. 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (KJV) . . . God gave a law against removing the ancient landmarks, by which the inheritances of tribes and families were distinguished. . . . Deut. 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it. (KJV)
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (KJV) . . . It was David who wrote this psalm, and he was a man who loved the Lord and made many sacrificial offerings to Him. But David knew that the blood of bulls and goats was not the thing that pleased the Lord, but a heart that is broken before Him - a heart that is contrite and truly repentant. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise." Let us all remember this!
Psalm 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands. (KJV) . . . Here David is declaring as having terminated his reign. He had fed the people, according to the integrity of his heart, for that was ever disposed to do the will of God in the administration of the kingdom: and his hand being skilful in war, he always led them out to victory against their enemies. David was a good leader! We need to pray our leaders are GOOD leaders!
Pro. 16:2-3 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (KJV) . . . The Lord searches and tries the heart. He sees, knows and perceives the principles of all actions, and can adjust the nature and quality of them, weighing all actions by His Law . . . and if they are found lacking, and come far short of that purity and perfection . . . He considers them to be as the Pharisees (Mat.23).
Pro. 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. (KJV) . . . We all limited in judging of ourselves and our own actions, thinking too much of our own character, as if there was nothing wrong with it. The proud heart is very creative to put a pretty face on an ugly matter . . . but God judges us according to truth. The LORD ponders the heart, and judges according to that, He judges their actions according to their principles and intentions; weighing it in a perfect balance.
Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.(KJV) . . . Because people do not do what God approves, desires and would accept, because they [government officials] are full of pride in their idols [money, power], their sacrifices were to the Lord abominable and proud. God desires mercy, compassion and good will towards men. This is what pleases the LORD! This is what delights and pleases Him, and this is why we should pray for those over us.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV) . . . People try all kinds of ways to please God, but God makes His wishes clear: He wants His people to be just (righteous), merciful, and to walk humbly with Him. Examine yourself daily. Are you fair in your dealings with people? Do you show mercy to those who wrong you? Are YOU humble?
A SPECIAL COMMENT: Micah reduces the 613 commandments of ancient priests down to 3! Deut. 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (KJV) . . . To Israel and us! And our Lord Jesus reduces them down to 1! Ma.t 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (KJV)
Mat. 6:6-13 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.(KJV) . . . We should always include those who govern us when we pray.
Mat. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV) . . . Let us pray that our government officials do this!
Mat. 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. . . . This is what our government officials SHOULD do!
Relationship to Government . . . Romans 13:1-4
Paul tells us what the relationship of the Christian should be to the laws governing us. He writes about our responsibilities.
Rom. 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (KJV) . . . We should obey the government, for God is the One who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. Is there any time when we should not submit to the government? YES! We must never allow government to force us to disobey God.
Any time that Jesus and His apostles disobeyed the government, it was in order to follow their higher loyalty to God. Their disobedience did NOT come cheap: they were threatened, beaten, thrown into jail, tortured, and executed for their convictions. We, like them, IF we are ever forced to disobey, we must be ready to accept the consequences. We must not rebel against or refuse to obey the government’s laws or regulations UNLESS those laws clearly force you to violate the moral standards revealed by God. We must be responsible citizens, as well as responsible Christians.
Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. . . . Anyone who refuses to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. The Gospel teaches us quiet submission, but our pride and carnal mind see only reasons for complaints and discontent. Whoever the persons are in authority over us are, the power they have, must be submitted to and obeyed IF it does NOT go against the laws of God. Some times that is hard to do! Government is very evil at times!
Romans 13:3-4 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (KJV) . . . All things considered, rulers are not a terror to honest, quiet, and good people, but to evil-doers. Authorities do not scare people who are doing right, they scare those who do wrong. If we do what they say, we will get along well. The authorities are sent by God to help you. If you do something wrong, you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God to punish those who do wrong. On the other hand, when civil rulers are unjust, upright people are afraid. But in these verses, Paul is talking about officials who are doing their duty. When these officials are just, people who are doing right have nothing to fear. We need to pray for these officials, be they good or bad. We are to pray for our enemies, including the bad ones in office. Mat. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (KJV) . . . Do WE do this???
Eph. 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. (KJV) . . . Those in government offices should consider that they are in God, the
Master’s Presence, and He is watching them, checking their conscience in every part of their work. This is why we should pray for those who lead us. They, like us all, can be led astray by the devil’s temptations. It is the will of God that they should act wisely in their jobs.
1 Tim. 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (KJV) . . . For kings, and for all that are in authority . . . Paul says we are to pray for the kings who rule. BUT . . . are we to pray when the government is corrupt? Yes! We are! Paul is saying we are to pray even if it is a corrupt government. We are to pray for whoever is in power. The man who was in power in Rome when Paul wrote was bloody Nero, yet Paul says we are to pray for kings, whoever they are.
That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. (KJV) . . . Any government is better than no government. Some people may question that, but an evil, corrupt government, if it really governs, is better than disorder. I agree 100% with those who say that politics is crooked. Man certainly has corrupted and misused political power! I would want to say that the vast majority of our government is crooked. But, we do have an appearance of law and order. Civil government is a put in by God. Maybe we should consider WHY God has put in such crooks. Do you think the answer could be that we as a nation have fallen away from God? Do you think that maybe the crooked government He is allowing is OUR fault? God really does try to get our attention! Do you think that all the crazy weather conditions are from “Mother Nature” as the ungodly news media say? God is in control of all nature. Don’t ever forget that!
1 Tim. 3:1-6 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (KJV) . . . The qualifications specified for bishops and government leaders, are as follow:
- He must be a man of good private character; possessing and illustrating the Christian virtues, or, as we would say, an upright man (verses 2-3).
- He must be a man who ruled his own house well, and who thus showed that he was qualified to preside as the first officer in the church of God or government (verses 4-5).
- He must be a man of suitable age and experience, one who would not be likely to fall into the temptations that are laid for the young (verse 6).
- He must have a good reputation among those who were not Christians, since it is intended that the influence of his ministry shall reach them, and as it is impossible to do them good unless he is believed to be a man of integrity (verse 7).
2 Tim. 2:15-16 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (KJV) . . . A workman that needeth not to be ashamed . . . a workman [leader] that does his work well and faithfully, need not be ashamed, no matter who looks at it and judges it. Rightly dividing the word of truth . . . meaning to handle rightly; rightly administer. The symbol being a father or a steward. The word for "rightly dividing," occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It rightly means to cut straight, to divide it right (Mat.13:52). Truth: (2 Tim.2:18). The opposite to "rightly dividing," or dispensing, is to "corrupt the word of God" (2 Cor.2:17), which SO many do.
Heb. 13:16-18 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. 18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. (KJV) . . . I believe that it is a sin to be able bodied and insist that the government support you. There are those who are not able to work, or are elderly, that need this money. An able-bodied person does NOT! I do not care who you are, I am sure that you will NOT be able to come up with an excuse for this when you stand before the Great Judge Jesus! . . . My opinion. I know you may think I should keep my mouth shut, but this to me is SO wrong! We have a 45-year-old grandson on food stamps. He is just too lazy to work, and not about to work as long as the government feeds him (2 Thes.3:10).
James 3:1-2 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. (KJV) . . . James is saying that a teacher or a leader has a much greater responsibility, because there is grave danger of teaching falsely. I am overwhelmed at the way so many 'supposed' Christians fall for all the "damnable heresies" (2 Pet.2:1) out there. All a teacher needs today is a smooth tongue. People are accepting all kinds of crazy things. Yet, as far as the TRUTH in God's Word is concerned, these teachers are completely ignorant.
1 Pet. 2:13-16 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. (KJV) . . . TRUE Christians must obey the laws set in place EXCEPT when they go against Almighty God (Acts 4:19; 5:27-29).
Nero was just coming to the throne in Rome as the new emperor at that time. The Roman Empire boasted itself that it gave justice to man . . . but it was like every other government, including our own. The poor man has never had a fair chance. The rich man has always been able to buy his way with lawyers who were smart enough to get around any law. The poor man is the one who has the problems with the law. But, we must also obey our leaders. Government is supposed to appoint leaders to punish criminals and to praise good citizens, but it is NOT always like that.
1 Pet. 5:2-3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. (KJV) . . . Feed the flock . . . Jesus told the same thing to Peter! John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (KJV) . . . Three times Jesus told Peter to feed my sheep! Repetition in the Bible means it is important! Now here, Peter passes that command down to the elders of the churches.
Peter urges and encourages the elders of the churches to do what God expects of them. Elders are to minister for the right reason and in the right spirit, not because they must do it . . . but because they willingly want to do it. Peter says: "Feed the flock of God which is among you" and do it right and willingly. Peter also says: "Not for filthy lucre but of a ready mind." Peter makes it clear that there must not only be the right reason and the right spirit, but there must also be the right motive for service. MONEY should NOT be it! It is NOT to be for material gain but because they delight in doing it.
SO many preachers today are greedy wolves! I think it is blasphemy to make money from the Name of Jesus when the Jesus they preach is "another Jesus" (2 Cor.11:4; Gal.1:6-8) and NOT the Jesus of the Bible, NOT the Jesus that can save you, and the gospel they preach is another gospel, NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ that can save you from Hell! The apostle Paul says "let him be accursed" . . . . http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_cults_rich_preachers.1.htm
Neither as being lords . . . an elder, deacon or government person should NOT exercise ANY lordship or dominion (or I'm better than you, I have more power than you attitude) over the people. THAT is SO wrong! I have personally seen several churches break apart because of this "mightier than thou" attitude. Some elders or politicians become proud and think that they are the boss. They make stupid rules for people to obey. Jesus was not like that. The way that He lived should be a model for ALL Christians to follow.
Rev. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (KJV) . . . God blesses anyone who reads this prophecy to the church, and He blesses all who listen to it and obey what it says, because the time is near when these things will take place.
Revelation is a Book of prophecy (foretelling future events) and proclamation (preaching about who God is and what He will do). Prophecy is more than telling the future, for it also gives us important principles about God’s character and Promises. As we study this Book, we should get to know God much better, and in so doing, learn that we can trust Him completely.
When John says, “the time is at hand,” he is urging his readers to be ready at all times for the Last Judgment and the establishment of God's Kingdom, for we do NOT know when the Rapture will take place; and after that the Great Tribulation period. We must always be prepared and watching. They will happen ever so quickly, and there will be NO second chance to change sides.
Judgment IS Coming: http://www.hisservants.org/rapture,_second_coming_h_s.htm. http://www.hisservants.org/judgment_seat_h_s.htm
Hell is real: http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_hell_is_real.htm
The mysteries and difficulties of this book go hand in hand with learning more about God. It is meant to impress upon us the awe and wonder of God, and to purify the soul of the reader (as does all His Word), although we may not totally discern the prophetic meaning. No part of the Bible more fully states the Gospel, and too, it fully warns against the evils of sin. God promises a blessing to all who read or hear this prophetic Book.
Rev. 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. (KJV) . . . Jesus shall come soon. Most of thtn signs of His Coming are already in place! Blessed are those who listen to and obey the prophecy written in this Book.
When the Tribulation period (judgment) is over, Jesus will shortly follow; He will come rapidly. We will be “blessed” if we obey the sayings of this Book.
Rev. 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. . . . “He that is unjust --- filthy” —? There is an appalling condition of the lost souls revealed here, maybe even more so than at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev.20). The sinful condition of the lost is a permanent thing. It is eternal! Their condition just gets worse and worse with each passing day. Only Jesus can change this around, IF they would allow Him to do so! But their hearts are so hardened by sin, they refuse to look in His direction for help; because they simply do NOT think they need help! The filthy and unjust will be ever the more so, but it will confirm and strengthen those who are right with God. A dead or disobedient faith will never save us, ever, for the First and the Last has declared that only those who do His commandments are blessed. This Book states that all wicked and unrighteous persons will be shut out of Heaven. As Christ’s Return gets closer, there will be even a greater division or alienation between God’s followers and Satan’s followers. We must be prepared for Christ’s imminent return. Are YOU ready?
Rev. 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (KJV) . . . Our Lord promises to come again, and He will personally reward each and every believer . . . One on one! We truly will be blessed if we “do His commandments,” for we will have access to this amazing City, and to the “tree of life.”
Rev. 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (KJV) . . . This is an open invitation to all mankind, to come and partake freely of the Promises and of the Privileges of the Gospel. I truly believe that God calls everyone. It is SO sad that only a “few” respond to Him, and accept His gracious invitation. Both the Holy Spirit and the bride (the church), extend the invitation to all the world to come to Jesus and experience the joys of salvation in Christ. The Holy Spirit, tries to influence (convict) the sinner’s conscience and heart. If you feel a slight tugging at your heart, if your conscience tells you what you are doing is wrong, that is the Holy Spirit of God working within you. He will NEVER force His way on you. It is YOUR decision, YOU either accept Jesus or you keep on rejecting Him. We MUST come to Christ for salvation; He is the ONLY WAY you will ever access Heaven. Because many hesitate, it is added, “whosoever will,” or, who ever is willing, come and take of the water of life freely. (See Isaiah 55:1; John 7:37).
Because the contents of this Book are directly from God, we are NOT to tamper with them in any way. To add OR subtract anything, would be to falsify God’s Words! Remember God excludes ALL liars from Heaven! (Rev.22:15). ALL God’s Words are faithful and true, always! We must NOT change anything in this Book, nor any Book in His Holy Word. (See Deut.4:2; Pro.30:5-6).
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