Cry Out! Challenge, Day 21

“They’re coming!” my mother screamed! On the day Babylon invaded Jerusalem, I along with many other select young sons of Israel was carried off as captives. My name is Daniel and I eventually became the King’s personal assistant proving to be better than any of the magicians and conjurers because God was with me. I served many kings during my time in Babylon, but my ultimate service was to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Our “Cry Out! Challenge” focus today is for those in power.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4, NLT

Daniel’s practice was to kneel down in his upstairs roof chamber with his windows opened toward Jerusalem and pray three times a day. Daniel would make petition and supplication for the leaders he served, but he even went so far as to thank God for them (Daniel 6). Daniel is an example of how to be faithful in prayer even when he certainly disapproved of their character and opposed their policies.

But we aren’t just called to pray. We are commanded to pray as the Apostle Paul instructs young Timothy in 1 Timothy 2. Charles Swindoll says “this could not have been an easy request in Ephesus, where city officials considered the church a threat to the local economy (Acts 19:23-27). To make things worse, the Roman Empire rested in the blood-soaked hands of an insane leader named Nero. Nevertheless, the apostle expects the church to pray for these leaders, just as they would for a love one.”

Interceding on behalf of those in authority, asking God to help them, and even giving thanks for their leadership role –Why do we do this? Well it’s simple. This is an instructive command that may very well produce two hopeful byproducts. Pray so that we can lead tranquil and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity, And secondly, pray because God’s greatest desire is to see “all” people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and that includes those in authority.

He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars

Daniel 2:21, NLT

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