We need to pray for our families, friends and leaders of all types (bosses,
political leaders of both parties, etc.). Also, contrary to the values of
our "get-even" culture, as citizens of God's Kingdom, we are to pray for
those who hurt us (even if they have not apologized), as well as for our
enemies. Today we will see some of what God's word has to say about intercessory
James 5:16 (NASB) Therefore confess your sins to each
other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a
righteous man is powerful and effective.
Col. 1:9 (NASB) For this reason, since the day we heard
about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you
with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and
Romans 15:30 (NASB) Now I urge you, brethren, by our
Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with
me in your prayers to God for me.
1 Tim. 2:1-4 (NASB) First of all, then, I urge that
entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of
all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil
and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come
to the knowledge of the truth.
Matt. 5:43-44 (NASB) You have heard that it was said,
"YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy." But I say to you, love
your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Exodus 32:11 (NASB) Then Moses entreated the LORD his
God, and said, "O LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom
You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty
hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent
He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from
the face of the earth?' Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind
about doing harm to Your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and
Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, 'I
will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this
land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall
inherit it forever.''' 14 So the LORD changed His mind about
the harm which He said He would do to His people.