Prayer is the responsibility of every Christian and interceding for nations is a key priority.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
In the first chapter of 1 Timothy, Paul reminded Timothy to stay committed to his calling and fight a good battle for truth. In chapter 2, Timothy was reminded of the importance of prayer, and that prayer is the secret to victory. The phrase “first of all” indicated that Paul put “prayer” in the first place. Prayer should be the top priority for everyone, which includes various forms of petitioning, praying, intercession, and thanksgiving.
God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to be saved.
God has instructed His people to pray for kings, those in authority, nations, leaders, and peoples. Prayer pleases our God. Pray for all authority figures to have a heart that fears God and know that He is the King of kings and the Lord of the universe. Pray for them to have godly wisdom, to be wise and strategic in leading the nations. Pray that God will grant them good health and full of the Spirit and life.
God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to be saved. Therefore, do not pray for yourself only. God wants us to petition, pray, intercede, and give thanks for nations and peoples. God desires all nations to be saved. When all earthly leaders and those in authority rule according to God’s will, the peoples can lead peaceful and happy lives; the nations will be politically stable and economically prosperous. This is good and pleases God.
Undeniably, prayer is the responsibility of every Christian and interceding for nations is a key priority. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide the President, Prime Minister, and ministers of Singapore, that they will govern the country by God’s law. With the onslaught of secularism, we are moving further away from biblical truths. Let us stand in the gap and pray. Pray that Singapore will not stray from the Word of God and will walk in ways according to His will.
On 9 August, we celebrate Singapore’s 57th National Day. Our church has already shared the link to the online 40.Day 2022 Prayer Guide. Prayer entries are available daily. This year’s prayer theme is “To Live is Christ”. Let us draw near to God every day through these online prayer materials. Let us pray with one heart for Singapore’s leaders and that our nation will continue to walk in ways pleasing to God.
By Ps Rebecca Kwok