Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Praying for our leaders

30 Ways to Pray for those in Authority

by Gary P. Bergel

1. God fearing and recognize they're accountable to Him for each decision and act (Prov. 9:10)

2. Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding (Jas. 1:5)

3. Presented with gospel and loving Christian witness (Rom. 10:14)

4. That if unsaved, they be drawn to a saving encounter with Christ; if born again, they be strengthened and encouraged in their faith (1 Tim. 2:4, Eph. 1:17-23).

5. Recognize own inadequacy and pray and seek will of God. (Prov. 3:5-8, Luke 11:9-13)

6. Conviction of sin, transgression and iniquity (Ps. 51:17, Jn. 8:9)

7. Heed conscience, confess their sins and repent (Prov. 28:13; James 4:8)

8. They read the Bible, attend prayer meetings and Bible Studies (Ps. 119:11; Col. 3:2)

9. That they value and regard the Ten Commandments and teachings of Christ (Ps. 19:7-11; Jn. 8:31-32)

10. They respect and honor own parents if living (Eph. 6:2-3)

11. Respect authority and practice accountability (Rom. 13:1-7)

12. They're given godly counsel and God-fearing advisors (Prov. 24:6)

13. They're honest and faithful to spouses and children (Mal. 2:15-16)

14. They be practicing members of local congregations (Heb. 10:25)

15. They desire purity and avoid debauchery, porn, perversion and drunkenness (1 Cor. 6:9-20; Titus 2:12)

16. Be Timely, reliable and dependable (Mat. 21:28-31)

17. Honesty in financial, tax, and ethical matters (1 Cor. 6:10; 1 Tim. 6:6-10)

18. They seek pastoral care and counsel when needed (Heb. 13:7)

19. Seek out and nurture godly friendships (Ps. 1:1-3)

20. They have thankful and teachable spirits (Rom. 1:21)

21. Have generous and have compassionate hearts for the poor and needy (Ps. 112:9, Lk. 10:33-37)

22. They redeem time and know priorities (Eph. 5:15-17)

23. They desire honesty, integrity and loyalty (Psa. 26; Prov. 11:3)

24. They have courage to resist manipulation, pressure and the fear of man (Prov. 29:25; 2 Tim. 1:7)

25. They be shielded from occultism, New Age cults, false religions and secret societies (Isaiah 1:29; 2:6)

26. They be presented with Biblical worldviews and principles (Eph. 3:10)

27. Work to restore sanctity of life, families, divine order, and morality in our nation (Eph. 5:22-6:4)

28. Work to reverse the trends of humanism in our nation (1 Chron. 12:32; Isaiah 59:19)

29. They desire humility and meekness and be willing to serve and cooperate (John 13:14; Titus 3:1-2)

30. They be prepared to give an account to Almighty God (Heb. 9:27).

Adapted from "Intercessors for America" newsletter, (Vol. 22, No. 3). Used by permission of Intercessors for America, 1-800-USA Pray; www.ifa-usepray.org.

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