In Acts 17:26 the Apostle Paul stood up in front of philosophers in a pagan city and preached, “God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and determined their pre-appointed times and boundaries of their dwellings so that they should seek the Lord.”
Believe it or not but, YOU were chosen and appointed to live in a particular time and place. The boundaries of your nation were set before the beginning of time in order that man might seek and find the Lord!
Your altitude, and in fact your involvement as an intercessor and Spirit filled Christian in and toward the purpose of God in your nation is a major part of your own spiritual destiny and inheritance. Prayer is the first assignment to the church when it comes together. “First of all, I exhort.” Paul is letting his followers know that this is what the church is to do when they come together.
It is no different in our day. Our first assignment should be prayer. God has one vehicle and two methods to advance the kingdom of God on earth. The one vehicle is the church of Jesus Christ. The two methods are prayer and proclamation of the gospel. We are to pray for our government for Kings and all those in authority for the purpose of spreading the gospel through preaching.
This is not a self-centered prayer; this is an ambassadorial prayer of the church. The focus is not so that we can be happy in our four little walls, it is so we can live in a society that is absent of chaos and suppression activities in order that out of that liberty the spreading of the gospel through preaching is loosed, and all men may be saved.
Therefore, the exhortation to the church to pray for good government is linked to the advancement of the kingdom of God. This is scripture. The Bible does not recognize the separation of church and state. In fact, the Bible indicates to us that the condition of the state is contingent upon the condition of the Church and vice versa. This can be found in 1st Timothy Chapter 2.
In Matthew 18:19 Jesus tells His disciples, which includes you and I, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them, by my Father in heaven.”
God wants us to agree harmonizing together in our prayer; it is the key to making a clear sound that will be heard in heaven. Right relationships are essential for effective praying. In right relationships to God, we come to Him through Jesus Christ in repentance in continual humility and submission to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and right relationship with one another. The first principle of right relationship is forgiveness.
Jesus said, when you stand praying, first forgive, that’s right relationship. Something I’ve noticed about sin and the issue of disharmony is the fact that if I am offended it is really not the sin in the person who had offended me. That is the stumbling block.
If I have unforgiveness towards that offense, anger and hatred and I take up bitterness and gossip about that offence, our prayer will not be answered when we come together. Therefore, the command of God is to humble and cleanse ourselves in order to come to Him so that our prayers may always be heard.
I believe that the Lord wants to bring an attitude of correction toward His church, here in The Bahamas and worldwide. Right relationship is not just with those in our immediate family or circle of friends. Remember what the Apostle Paul said in his sermon to the philosophers in Ephesus.
God has given us a national destiny to fulfill. There is an attitude that is rampant today in which it has to become especially spiritual to be critical of our nation and our leaders. Remember our hearts must be pure. We cannot be critical if we are going to pray to God for a turn around. We must believe that God wants to make a shift so that the church in The Bahamas can be fully blessed by getting involved with His plans, becoming a truly powerful force for God’s purpose in our hour and in this generation.
We need to humble ourselves and harmonize with God’s scripture, lifting up our leaders, government and nation that we might, as a people fulfill His purpose for His glory on earth.
Matthew 5:13 says, “We are the salt of the earth. It is the will of God that a nation has Godly, good government that the gospel might be preached and salvation may freely come to all. We, the church, play an important part. Let us pray that God will turn our nation around. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance” Psalms 33:12.