Proverbs 21:1 gives us a key in prayer, “The heart of the king is in the hand of God and like the watercourses He turns it whichever way He chooses.” God raises up kings (presidents, prime ministers, all in authority), and He takes them down (Daniel 2:21 & Psalm 75:7). The times and seasons of nations and leaders lay in the will of God.
So what is the church to do then when it comes to prayer? Paul gave Timothy instruction in 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Believers pray for righteousness to be established in the hearts of ALL men and specifically for kings and all in authority so that they will come to the knowledge of Christ and so that the Peoples of the nation will live in peace.
Peace is the fruit of righteousness (Isaiah 32:17). We need righteous rulers in every office of our nation (Proverbs 29:2).
When you pray, don’t try to tell God what to do. Ask God to fulfill His will. Ask God to change the hearts and minds of leaders and citizens. Ask God to draw all men to Himself.
God is in charge of hearts, we are in charge of asking Him to open and change them.
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