Summary: As we pray in the power of the Spirit for our authorities, we will experience numerous spin off benefits in the way the Lord blesses those who are over us.
Prayer Guidelines for Interceding for People in Authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2:6)
Illustration: I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, but especially for those who in authority. --1 Timothy 2:1
Over the centuries since Jesus died for our sins and rose victorious from the grave, many methods have been used to spread the gospel. From Peter’s first sermon, when 3,000 were saved, to great preaching campaigns of men like Charles Spurgeon and Billy Sunday, to friendship evangelism, many ways of influencing others to accept Jesus’ free gift have been tried.
In a major city in the midwest, another method has been launched: prayer evangelism. In the campaign to reach the populace of this city, organizers have set out to pray for every individual. They have divided the city into sections, and all cooperating churches have been assigned the names of the people in those sections.
Of course, it will also take other kinds of contacts, such as literature or face-to-face visits, but prayer is the major component. In 1 Timothy, Paul explained that God "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2:4). And the method suggested for beginning the work of evangelization is "supplications, prayers, intercessions . . . for all men" (v.1).
What about your neighborhood and mine? Let’s begin right now to do some prayer evangelism. (Our Daily Bread)
Talk to God about people before you talk to people about God.
I. The Holy Spirit helps you pray for your authorities in the following areas:
1. The Spirit urges you to make all requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for all those in authority. As we pray in the power of the Spirit for our authorities, we will experience numerous spin off benefits in the way the Lord blesses those who are over us. (I Timothy 2:1,2)
2. The Spirit teaches you how to ask God to grant your authorities ALL spiritual wisdom and insight so that they can walk in a way that pleases the Lord in all respects and bears fruit in every good work while they increase in the knowledge of God. Pray that they will be strengthened with all power according to HIS glorious might for the obtaining of all steadfastness and patience with joy. (Col. 1:9-11)
3. The Holy Spirit reminds you to ask the Lord to supply the following specific needs for your authorities:
A. Balance in all of their decisions, actions, perspectives
B. Cooperation from their people, peers and superiors in the church, government & community
C. Assistance in areas of weakness
D. Humility to remain teachable, available and faithful to the word of God in all circumstances
E. Focus on Jesus Christ as the author and perfecter of our faith
F. Discipline for the purpose of Godliness
G. Health, emotional, physical & mental well being
H. Protection, safety, security and safe keeping
I. Provisions, supplies, materials and resources
J. Successfully fight the good fight of faith
K. Taking up the full armor of God
L. Consistently praying in the Spirit