God's Spiritual Programme
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
— 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NKJV)
One of the most basic mandates for the Christian is to pray for the government. God intends His church to exercise a decisive influence for good in the affairs of the nations.
God's Spiritual Programme
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
What a promise: God will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land! The first thing we need to do in order to fulfil God's conditions for this promise is to humble ourselves and submit ourselves to God. Being submitted to God means that we are also submitted to His Word and His authority.
It is easy to say that you submit yourself to God, but God’s Word says: "Submit yourselves one to another. . . . Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands. . . . Children, obey your parents" (Ephesians 5:21-22; 6:1). That is where it is not so easy. Many people claim, "I am submitted to God," but when the test comes in their relationship to other people, it is obvious that they are not.
If you are to humble yourself, you must be the doer. It is not a bad thing every now and then to get right on your face on the floor before God. Have you ever done that? Say, "God, here I am and here is where I belong! I am a worm. I came from the dust and the dust is my place."
Do you think that is fanaticism? Read through the Bible and see the number of men who were on their faces before God: Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel. There is practically not even one of the great, outstanding saints of God of whom it is not recorded that he was flat on his face before God. If it was a good place for Moses, David, Daniel and others, I do not think it would be beneath your dignity.
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves." God has His spiritual programme arranged in grades: grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4. Until you pass grade 1, you will never get to grade 2. It does not matter if you have to repeat grade 1 ten years in a row, God will not promote you. That is why some of us have been stuck so long in the same grade. Do not think, “Lord, I couldn’t make it in grade 1, but I will make it in grade 2. Let me pass this one and I’ll make the next.” No, it will not work! The first step God requires is that we humble ourselves. You cannot leave that out.
The second step is to pray: "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray". Do not start to pray until you humble yourself. Humility comes before prayer.
Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy to me. In the words of the psalmist, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?" Thank You, Lord! Help me to always remember where I am from and my place in You; bought with Your precious blood so that I can participate in the ministry of intercession. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
These messages are taken from Derek Prince's book, Praying for the Government, available in our webshop here. For further study, we also recommend his book, Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting, available here.