Summary: As believers we have the responsibility to prayer for our nation, to respect and honor those in authority & not to be critical to them. instead we should pray for them.
TOPIC: PRAYER FOR THE NATION
Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
“1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
“THE CHURCH WILL ALWAYS GET THE GOVERNMENT SHE DESERVES”. The above saying is very true. When a nation sins, God brings a judgment from within or without. This is true when we read the story of Israel who repeatedly sins against God. God can bring bad governments to power or allow the nation to be conquered by an adversary. But when they pray as nation for their nation we can see how God intervene. When Christians pray, the grace and mercy of God are over the nation, that is why We Pray for the Nation. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (read). Why do we need to pray for our nation?
1. Because it was Commanded (order, charge, instruct) by the Lord
1 Timothy 2:1-2a, “1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2 for kings and all those in authority...”
We are commanded first of all to pray for:
a) All men – everyone
b) Kings – President
c) All in authority – All authority
“PRAYER FOR THE NATION IS NOT AN OPTION, IT IS A COMMAND”.
“SOME PEOPLE PRAY ONLY WHEN THEY ARE IN CRISIS. THAT IS THE REASON WHY THEY ARE IN CRISIS”. (ILL. PPT. Slide) But many times we see prayer as spare tire only. (ILL. PPT. Slide) (ILL. PPT. Slide)
We saw the spirit of violence in many countries now even in our country. In Indonesia, many churches were burned down during the riots. There were also a series of violent killings in American schools. The bombing tragedy in New York is again a serious threat to those who love peace. Yet many take the peace in their nations for granted and fail to pray. Should not the church rise up and bind this spirit of violence? We are commanded to pray for peace in our land that is why Paul urge us to pray for all men, for kings and for all those in authority.
2. Because it Changes (alter, transform) the Hearts of People (also the Nations Atmosphere)
1 Timothy 2:2b, “2 …that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
The atmosphere of our nation is different 20 years ago. We can see the changes of people now a) Morals of young people b) Values c) Dressing d) Censorship of Movies & TV e) Materialism f) Easy availability of pornographic materials on the streets and the internet g) Respect of the elderly h) Growth of false religions. i) Rebellious spirit, Etc.
Today, you will find that our children are exposed to things we were never exposed to when we were young. We cannot deny that we are worse off today than 20 years ago. We need to pray for our nation so that God will heal our land. In 2 Chronicle 7:14, “14 if my people, who are called by my name, will 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.” (ILL. PPT. Slide) “THE PROBLEM TODAY IS NOT WITH UNANSWERED PRAYER - BUT UNOFFERED PRAYER”