Petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior,who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  1 Timothy 2:1-4

As believers and followers of Jesus Christ we are called to pray for one another and we are called to pray for those in positions of leadership.  The apostle Paul states kings and all those in authority.  We are called to place our personal feelings aside and pray and intercede for those in leadership.

When the apostle Paul penned these words Nero was emperor of Rome.  He was a cruel tyrant who placed many Christians to death and eventually ended up beheading the apostle Paul.  But Paul understood the importance of prayer and its role in God fulfilling His plans and purposes on the earth.

We need to always remember that those who are in authority over us are people like everyone else.  They are broken and will make mistakes.  Too many times we place leaders on pedestals expecting them to be perfect.  If we allow our personal feelings to get in the way of us interceding for our leaders and one another we allow our flesh to have precedence in our lives.  When we are led by the Holy Spirit we will pray no matter how we may personal feel.

We continue to move toward the return of Jesus for His bride.  God is moving mightily upon the earth and mightily upon the hearts of His sons and daughters.  Those who are obedient to pray as the Holy Spirit leads will be greatly used by God in this time in history.  Satan is defeated and is doing all that he can to keep God’s people as distracted as possible.

We must focus our hearts upon Jesus and simply following the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We need to understand the authority we have in the place of prayer and understand that the Lord moves faithfully through our prayer.  We cannot be driven by what we see with our eyes.  We must simply follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

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