Have you ever felt like you should pray but you did not know what you should pray about? It could be because there are so many things in your life that concern you therefore, you do not know where to begin to pray! For many, they are overwhelmed before they start. On the other hand, you might think your life is going very well and you do not think you need to pray about anything. The truth is, we need to pray at all times and intercede on behalf of countless people.
First, let me remind you that prayer is not something you do ONLY when there is a personal problem in your life. It is intended to be a constant interaction and conversation with our Savior. With that perspective in mind, what should you pray about? I would suggest there are countless people and situations that need your prayers. If you look beyond the personal challenges in your life, there are needs on a national and global scale that need your prayers. I know, some of you may not think your prayers cannot make a difference at that level or some of you may feel like you do not know how to pray on that scale. Do not worry. I have a great place for you to start.
All of us are called to pray for our Leaders. These Leaders include those at your local church, county, state, nation and beyond. The Apostle Paul understood this, which is the reason he instructed Timothy, a young Pastor, in the following manner (1 Timothy 2:1-2): “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.”
In today’s tumultuous society, it is even more important for us to follow Paul’s direction. We are shown throughout the Bible that prayer changes things. If we want change, we need to pray. It is also important that we pray according to the Lord’s will, not our own. We should never pray based on political party or economic status but according to His will. Remember that even Jesus said to God the Father, “…not my will but yours be done”. The reason we need to pray for our Leaders according the God’s will is so that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”. We are praying so that the decisions our Leaders make are to the benefit of God’s people, thus allowing us to live peaceful lives.
As you see, all of us have a role to play. We must all take part because prayer changes things. Prayer can cause the hearts of the vilest people to change to the benefit of all. Will you take time to pray today? Will you set aside your frustration and biases in order to pray according to God’s will? I hope the answer is “yes” because the world needs you.