Let's PRAY for our leaders

16th March 2018
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By Yvonne Mooka -


 “1. 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. 3. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” -1 Timothy 2:1-3

These are very interesting times in our country. The countdown to welcoming our new president has started, and boom: National Petroleum Fund issue comes up!

It’s so ugly because among the people alleged to have stolen the money is our incoming president Mokgweetsi Masisi. The timing though…!

See, God created government and expects everyone to be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which He has established. The authorities that exist have been established by Him.

 Christians are supposed to stand on the gap.

The time for prayer is NOW. Am I saying corrupt leaders should not be questioned? NO. Actually, the Bible calls us to ‘Seek justice, defend the oppressed…’ in Isaiah 1:17. First and foremost, the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 2 commands us to pray for our governing leaders. In fact, just about every possible word for pray was used to communicate this truth. Further, we are not to pray for their demise. We are told that we pray in order that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” What does this mean? We pray for our leaders so we will live in a stable society that allows us to focus on worshiping God.

We must pray for their salvation, above all. A saved leader fears God in deed and in conduct. He abhors and speaks against any form of decay. He does not take part in embezzlement of public funds. He is a good example.

Slowly, we are becoming a laughing stock. The ‘Africa’s shining example’ and ‘least corrupt nation’ images are fading. Everything falls and rises based on the kind of leadership we have. The love of money is the root of all evil. In Proverbs 14:34, we read, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” As a nation, we need to repent, return to God with all our hearts, and become a righteous people. Only if we do this will there be hope for Botswana.

Nevertheless, when it comes to our governing leaders, God’s Word speaks clearly on where we are to begin – in prayer. All said and done, justice will prevail.

 

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