DO YOU remember the last time you fell on your knees to pray for your mentor, your pastor, your employer or some other authority figure in your life?
1 Timothy 2:2-3 says “Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God. This kind of prayer is good, and it pleases God our Savior.”
Those in power among our Native people, such as teachers, tribal officials, church leaders, as well as other community authorities need prayer!
TODAY, I INVITE YOU to pray with me that Believers throughout the country will remember to pray for our leaders and rulers serving our Native people.
1 Timothy 2:8 says, “I want everyone everywhere to lift innocent hands toward heaven and pray, without being angry or arguing with each other.”
Ask our Creator to allow our rulers, leaders and all those in power among our First Nations people to be remembered today in prayer and thanksgiving.
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I like to study with 5 translations. As you go through these studies, I encourage you to do the same. “The Scriptures” is a translation that includes the original Hebrew names and has the books in chronological order. The Contemporary English Version (CEV) is a translation that is written for ‘oral tradition’ peoples and it flows well while reading it aloud. The Amplified version is one where meanings of words and phrases are ‘amplified’ for better understanding. The King James Version (KJV) is the translation that works well with Strong’s Concordance. The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) is a great companion version that I find gives great insight.
1 Timothy 2:1-3, 8 – “First of all, then I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all men, for sovereigns and all those who are in authority, in order that we lead a calm and peaceable life in all reverence and seriousness. For this is good and acceptable before Elohim our Savior, … So I resolve that the men pray everywhere, lifting up hands that are set-apart, without wrath and disputing.” (The Scriptures)
1 Timothy 2:1-3, 8 – “First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them. Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God. This kind of prayer is good, and it pleases God our Savior. … I want everyone everywhere to lift up innocent hands toward heaven and pray, without being angry or arguing with each other.” (CEV)
1 Timothy 2:1-3,8 – “First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men. For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way. For such [praying] is good and right, and [it it] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior. .. I desire therefore that in every place men should pray, without anger or quarreling or resentment or doubt [in their minds], lifting up holy hands.” (Amplified)
1 Timothy 2:1-3, 8 – “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; … I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (KJV)
Yohanan 17:20 – “And I do not pray for these alone, but also for those believing in Me through their word,” (The Scriptures)
John 17:20 – “I am not praying just for these followers. I am also praying for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me.” (CEV)
John 17:20 – “Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,” (Amplified)
John 17:20 – “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;” (KJV)
Acts 14:23 – “And having appointed elders in every assembly, having prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Master in whom they had believed.” (The Scriptures)
Acts 14:23 – “Paul and Barnabas chose some leaders for each of the churches. Then they went without eating and prayed that the Lord would take good care of these leaders.” (CEV)
Acts 14:23 – “And when they had appointed and ordained elders for them in each church with prayer and fasting, they committed them to the Lord in Whom they had come to believe [being full of joyful trust that He is the Christ, the Messiah].” (Amplified)
Acts 14:23 – “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.” (KJV)
James 5:13-16 – “Is any of you suffering evil? Let him pray. Is anyone in good spirits? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, having anointed him with oil in the Name of the Master. And the prayer of the belief shall save the sick, and the Master shall raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he shall be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, so that you are healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous one accomplishes much.” (The Scriptures).
James 5:13-16 – “If you are having trouble, you should pray. And if you are feeling good, you should sing praises. If you are sick, ask the church leaders to come and pray for you. Ask them to put olive oil on you in the name of the Lord. If you have faith when you pray for sick people, they will get well. The Lord will heal them, and if they have sinned, he will forgive them. If you have sinned, you should tell each other what you have done. Then you can pray for one another and be healed. The prayer of an innocent person is powerful, and it can help a lot.” (CEV)
James 5:13-16 – “Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God]. Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (Amplified)
James 5:13-16 – “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him, Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (KJV)
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