The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, his understudy, on the issue of perseverance in the faith, then adds, “I urge you, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-4
If you are anything like me you’re not really sure what exactly to pray for our political leaders… Do we pray they would become Christians? Do we pray that they would just legislate well? If they are not Christian, how could they legislate well? Do we pray for both?
One of our members sent me an article from the BBC, which I found eye-opening. The article is entitled “Inside the White House Bible Study group”. And in it, the writer tells of a former professional basketball player-turned pastor, Ralph Drollinger, who holds bible studies for some of the most powerful people in America, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, the Attorney General and so many others. Even President Trump reads the studies that are printed out and responds “‘Way to go Ralph, really like this study, keep it up.’
Just for perspective, here are Drollinger’s views on some issues:
- On same-sex marriage, he writes:
“Homosexuality and same-sex ceremonies are illegitimate in God’s eyes. His word is repetitive, perspicuous [clearly expressed], and staid on the subject.”
- On capitalism, he writes:
“The right to personal property, also known as free enterprise or capitalism, is the governmental economic system supported by scripture. Scripture does not support communism.”
- And on debt, he writes:
“It is bad stewardship and downright foolishness for an individual, family, or country to borrow in order to cover expenses that far, far exceed income!”
Above those issues, Drollinger points those who attend the group to Jesus Christ, something other groups failed to do previously. What a blessing to have a man speaking so clearly and leading so ably from the word of God. Could this be an answer to the prayers of people for “kings and all those in authority”? Could the same happen in Australia? Let’s keep praying that God would work in a mighty way here and around the world with our world leaders, that they would rule/legislate well and that many might be saved! Why not come to the Prayer Meeting on Wednesday, April 18, and we can do that together.
On the issue of America, it is with some sadness that I report that Lindsey, Isaac and I will head back to America in late August/early September. We have prayed and discussed at great length and feel our time to go back to family and home church has come. I will join the staff of dad’s church in Atlanta. Lindsey and I never could have imagined the blessings that God would pour out on us while we have been here. We are so grateful to Simon for the opportunity to come and learn and grow and serve this church for these three years.