Praying for our Leaders

Written by Desiree Visser

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (1 Col. 1:13).

We no longer belong to the kingdom of this world – we are citizens of the Kingdom of heaven, through faith in Jesus Christ! In 1 Peter 2:11 we are called foreigners of this world. There is no overlap in systems; we live on this earth, but we are under the rule of Jesus Christ, who has been given all authority by God the Father (Eph 1:20 – 22). There is so much to learn and know about the Kingdom of God; may the Holy Spirit continue to reveal it to us. As Matthew 6:33 states “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness.”

One aspect of the Kingdom of God is our responsibility as citizens. Jesus taught us to pray that God’s kingdom come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). We are to invite God’s rule and reign into our lives – our personal lives as well as our greater sphere of living. What would happen if God’s good, perfect and pleasing will was to be accomplished in our schools, health care system, and government? What would Namibia look like if we as citizens of Heaven prayed and invited God’s intervention into our country? (Please listen to Richard’s sermon on prayer - 18/12/2022).

What does the bible teach us about praying for our leaders?
1 Timothy 2:1 – 4 states “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - 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 people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

We as citizens of the Kingdom of God are to pray for our leaders and those in authority positions. Proverbs tells us of what happens when righteous men rule over a country:
-There is stability (Prov. 29:4)
-There is order (Prov. 28:2)
-There is joy and rejoicing (Prov. 28:12; Prov. 29:2)
-There will be a long reign of righteous leadership (Prov. 28:16; Prov. 29:14).
-There is no fear (Prov. 28:28)

When wicked men rule, the consequences are also portrayed:
-The nation fails and is torn down (Prov. 11:14; Prov. 29:4)
-The people mourn and are helpless (Prov. 29:2; Prov. 28:15)
-The country is rebellious (Prov. 28:2)
-People go into hiding (Prov. 28:12; Prov. 28:28)

We desire God’s rule over Namibia! We need it! The Lord is almighty and all-powerful. Look at what the bible says about the Lord’s rule:
-The Lord directs the king’s heart (Prov. 21:1)
-The Lord is sovereign over leaders (Job 12:23-25)
-The Lord sets up kings and deposes of them (Dan. 2:21)
-Dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations (Ps.22:28)
-God place all rule, authority, power and dominion, every title under Christ’s feet, in present age and in the one to come (Eph. 1:20 – 22)
-Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16)

How do we pray for the leaders of Namibia so that the Lord will intervene?
If you have cursed or spoken badly about our government, with good reason or not, you have judged what is not yours to judge. If you have been part of the sin of the government through corruption or breaking the law (Read 1 Peter2:13 – 17), then you need to repent and turn away from it.

2 Chronicles 7:14 states “If my people, who are called by  my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2.Pray for God to raise up leaders who are just/ righteous, and who will rule in the fear of God. (Listen to Derek Prince’s sermon on praying for the government; 2 Samuel 23:2 – 4).

3.Proclaim Jesus as the ruler over earthly governments.

Take a look at the areas of your lives influenced by government – business and finance, work opportunities, healthcare, schooling, and housing etc. Be led by the Holy Spirit in your prayer rather than being fearful or angry, and make a commitment to specifically invite Jesus’ rule over these areas.

1 Comment

Richard Goagoseb - July 30th, 2023 at 8:46am

I fully understood