“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men; for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing 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
History was made when the American President, Donald Trump, made the decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem on December 6th, 2017. He said, “‘We finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” This declaration, however, has brought out the hatred in those who resist acknowledging the connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people.
Immediately following President Trump’s initiative to move the American embassy, the world was stirred with flamboyant expressions of both love and hate. Palestinians called for three days of rage, American flags were burned, and protests broke out in Gaza, Jerusalem and even Bethlehem where Israel’s Jewish Messiah was born thousands of years ago.
Though these days of rage were rather ineffective in terms of terrorizing the Jewish people, yesterday, on December 10th, a Jewish security guard, Asher Elmaliach, was stabbed in the heart by a terrorist from the Judea-Samaria region of Israel. This is not the first time one of Israel’s security guards, police personal, or soldiers have been the target of the assaults. This is why we must pray!
When the leaders are struck down, what message does that give to the people of the land? In the book of Zechariah 13:7, we read that when the Shepard, the authority in a position of protection for the sheep is struck down, the sheep scatter and are vulnerable to attack. These guards, soldiers and police may not be the President or Prime Minister, but they have been given a responsibility to protect the people and when they are struck down one after another, a message is being conveyed- a message of terror.
But we are called to pray! First for our leaders and all who are in positions of authority, SO THAT we may live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and dignity. God has chosen to delegate His authority to mankind and He does not override that delegation. He has chosen to move on the earth through the prayers of His people.
“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”-Ezekiel 22:29-31
You see, God desires mercy-always! But He sought for someone who would “stand in the gap”, so that He could show mercy, and when He found no one, the result was the execution of His righteous judgement. Yeshua told His disciples to pray that the Father’s will would be done on earth. While we do not have authority to take on the enemy in our own strength, we do have authority to pray God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As Yeshua taught us, we pray to the Father and request His will in the name of His Son, for the sake of His Son and because of the work of His Son.
Just as the enemies of Israel have joined together as one to come against those in positions of authority and to come against Israel, so the same, we ask that all who love the Lord and stand with His people Israel, would join as one in prayer!
- Pray first and foremost for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. May His Kingdom of Righteousness be established!
- Pray for protection for all those in positions of authority, and for God to give wisdom to our leaders.
- Pray for peace in our nations, for godliness and righteousness to be established within our governments and throughout the nations.
Pray as the Spirit of God leads, but take caution that you pray according to God’s will revealed through scripture. Stepping outside of that covering and into fleshly, emotional or un-scriptural prayers of proclamation can be dangerous! Remember, we only have authority where we have responsibility. It is best to present your requests TO GOD and trust that in His justice and mercy, He will answer prayer and perform His perfect will.
God bless you!