TEXT: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Ronald Reagan said, “America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.”
In our last message, we saw that we will not make America godly again, and thus great again, through legislation but only through spiritual transformation. Let’s continue looking at how praying for our nation will lead us back to greatness.
Paul writes that praying for all men, and especially government officials “is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” Regarding this particular verse, Warren Wiersbe said, “What is God’s will? The salvation of lost souls. We can pray for ‘all men’ because it is God’s will that ‘all men’ come to the knowledge of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. God loved the world and Christ died for the whole world. Jesus died on the cross that He might draw ‘all men’ to salvation. This does not mean all people without exception, for certainly the whole world is not going to be saved. It means all people without distinction—Jews and Gentiles, black and white, rich and poor, religious and pagan. We do know that prayer is an important part of God’s program for reaching a lost world. We have the responsibility of praying for lost souls and making ourselves available to share the Gospel with others.”
In recent months, we have seen several legislative successes for the pro-life movement. These political battles have been accompanied by bitter and vociferous protests, demonstrations, boycotts, and condemnations on both sides. Some Christians who are concerned about America’s drift from godliness may be tempted to see laws restricting abortion as the main victory. Legal analysts believe these state-level victories are moving the country toward another Supreme Court battle that may very well end in the overturning of Roe v. Wade. And that is good — at least people who kill innocent unborn babies will be punished for their crime. And by the way, if Christians are not going to fight just as hard to overturn what the Supreme Court did under Obama regarding the governement sanctioning homosexuality and homosexual marriage which is sin that prevents babies coming into the world altogether, then that would make Christians hypocrites. So let’s not get the cart before the horse as th emodern church oftentimes does because the question has to be raised: truly, what real good is overturning abortion if the hearts and minds of those in the lost pro-choice/pro-abortion movement remain unsaved and unchanged? Without Jesus Christ in the hearts of people, the moral civil war in this country will continue and unborn babies will still be murdered in other ways. We can achieve great legal and political “victories” in this country — we can pass this law or get that man elected. But legal and political victories alone will not heal the fabric of this nation. It is no real victory for the Church or for Christians if we outlaw abortion but let the woman who has the abortion and the man who agreed to the abortion go to Hell. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to focus on getting the Gospel to lost people and not just getting a law passed.
Our first prayer for those whom we consider political or ideological enemies ought to be that they would be saved (and unfortunately many Christians see lost people as the enemy because they listen to too much conservative talk radio and not what the Holy Bible says). We often make the error of assuming that their opposition to our Biblical views is something that prevents them from receiving the Gospel, when the problem most often is that we have simply failed to share the Gospel in a loving and effective way. If we present the Gospel, and they receive the Gospel, then we let Jesus do the hard work of transforming their hearts and minds so that they begin to live in alignment with Him. Jesus is the Truth, and we have the truth about the world as laid out in Scripture. Our society will not change until people “come unto the knowledge of the truth” — through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the way the truth and the life who will lead to an acceptance of the truth. And that can only happen if we start praying for all people to be saved.
Alfred Woodhull wrote:
Great God of nations, now to Thee
Our hymn of gratitude we raise;
With humble heart and bending knee
We offer Thee our song of praise.
Thy Name we bless, Almighty God,
For all the kindness Thou hast shown
To this fair land the pilgrims trod,
This land we fondly call our own.
Here freedom spreads her banner wide
And casts her soft and hallowed ray;
Here Thou our fathers’ steps didst guide
In safety through their dangerous way.
We praise Thee that the Gospel’s light
Through all our land its radiance sheds,
Dispels the shades of error’s night,
And heavenly blessings round us spreads.
Great God, preserve us in Thy fear;
In danger still our Guardian be;
O spread Thy truth’s bright precepts here;
Let all the people worship Thee.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.