Pray for America, 1 Tim 2:1-3

Pray for America 1 Tim.2:1-3 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

We need to pray for America.  But how do we pray?  And what do we pray for?

Pray for those in authority – 1 Tim 2:1-3 – a quiet [Acts 9:31], and peaceable life [Jer 29:7], in all godliness [1 Tim 6:5; 2 Tim 3:12] and honesty [Rom 12:17; contrast Ex 1:15-20]

  • Pray for the president – Prov 21:1 – Cyrus [Ezra 1:1-3], Artaxerxes [Neh 2:1-6]. And pray for the vice president [2nd man]. Pharaoh had Joseph and Nebuchadnezzar, the servant of the Lord, had Daniel.
  • Pray for the congress – Prov 28:2 – Ex 18:21 – these men and women need to rule in the fear of the Lord. It seems they fear men, not the Lord.
  • Pray for the judiciary – 2 Sam 23:3 – these judges also need to rule in the fear of God. According to Prov 16:10 we can still look to the Lord for a “divine sentence.”

Pray for our relations with Israel – Matt 25:31-46 – I pray that our relations with Israel will strengthen and that we will be here for them when the rest of the nations join together to destroy them [Ps 83].  But remember that we are not afforded the same covenant promises that apply to Israel [Ps 147:19-20; 2 Sam 7:23]

Pray for the forgiveness of our sins – Neh 1:6-7 – read Nehemiah’s confession.  He included himself in the sins of the country.  In Jon 3:5-10 everyone in the city humbled themselves seeking God’s mercy.

Pray for strong churches to remain strong – 2 Thes 2:3 – we see that before the Lord’s return there will be apostasy.  1 Pet 4:17 says that judgment must begin at the house of God.

Pray for courage to preach the gospel – Eph 6:19-20 – the gospel is the only thing that can change men.  Our hope is in God.  We must not ever relinquish the preaching of the gospel.

Conclusion: America has turned its back on God; but God has not turned his back on America or we would already be sunk.  Pray and preach the gospel.  We need the prayers and sinners need the gospel.