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Prayer Makes a Difference

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1 Timothy 2:1-8

"(1) I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - (2) for kinds 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 people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (5) For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, (6) who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. (7) And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle - I am telling the truth, I am not lying - and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles. (8) Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing."

When we observe the godless condition of our nation, we readily recognize the need for change. but the biblical solution for our predicament is surprising. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul instructed his protege to establish some priorities int he church, including prayer "for kings and all who are in authority" (1 Timothy 2:2). Our petitions help us live tranquil and godly lives and thereby provide opportunities to tell others about the Savior (1 Timothy 2:2-4).

Paul would never have given this command to Timothy is he didn't believe that the church's prayers made a difference in achieving God's purposes for their nation. Our problem is not with the Lord's promise or power, but with our doubt. By focusing on the enormity of the problems or the power of those in office, we lose sight of our sovereign God, who listens for our please that He intervene. 

Political policies and legislation are not ultimately determined in conference rooms and governmental chambers, but in prayer closets. The voice that shape the direction of a nation are not necessarily those that loudly ring out in legislative halls, but those that approach the throne room of the heavenly Father with bold faith (Hebrews 4:16). As the church believes and prays, the Lord will respond.

Knowing that God can change a country, you may be wondering why He has waited so long. But He is likely already working in ways we don't recognize or understand. Every authority on earth can be touched by the power of prayer if we are willing to ask and believe God.

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