Day 5 – Standing in the Gap
Intercession is praying for someone else. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ constantly intercedes for us (see Romans 8:34), so it pleases God when we intercede for someone else—including heads of state and others in authority—because we are doing what Christ does.
Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
There are so many people and situations we can pray for. When someone comes to mind, it may be that the Spirit is nudging you to pray. Praying may come more naturally to some than to others. But all of us can pray for others. All we need is to be open to the leading of God’s Spirit.
We are also to pray respectfully for leaders. “Show proper respect to everyone, … fear God, honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17). We are to pray with the clear understanding that government authority is established by God.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1).
We also pray knowing that God’s Word says, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1, NASB).
- Ask God to fill your heart with compassion and to help you to love other people as He loves them.
- Pray for the government or officials of Australia.
I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.1 Timothy 2:1
5 Days Fast and Pray Devotional