“Benaiah, son of Jehoiada answered the king, ‘Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, so declare it. As the Lord was with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon to make his throne even greater than the throne of my lord King David.” (1st Kings1:36–37)
Palace politics may crown a ruler, but only God’s presence can give success to his reign. The military leader of Solomon’s followers prayed for Solomon.
If such a prayer is only polite, traditional language, it is ineffective. If it truly seeks God’s leadership for a new regime, an intercessory prayer, such as this, is the appropriate response even for a military hero.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, a intercessory prayer is one that allows someone to pray on the behalf of another. In this particular case, Benaiah, son of Jehoida a military man was asked to go with Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah to take Solomon to Gihon and anoint him king of Isaiah and Judah, and Benaiah responded with His prayer that the Lord who had led King David, also be with Solomon as the new king. Today, are in a struggle over who will lead our land, but I call upon Almighty God and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ’s name, to anoint the true ruler of our country, that healing in our lands can begin the healing that we so must have. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“To be truly rich, count the things you have that money can not buy!”
“Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. He urged them plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.” (Daniel2:17–19)
Daniel heard of the wise men being gathered up to be put to death, for their inability to interpret their kings dream. Daniel interceded with the king’s officer to tell the king he would interpret the dream for him. At that point, he then sought out his friends to intercede on his behalf with God, so that he would be able to explain the dream to the king.
That very night, God responded to the intercessory prayer and gave Daniel a vision, which fully explained the king’s dream and that it was, in fact, true and would happen. With the four men praying to God that He would give Daniel the interpretation, it gave strength to their prayer. The answer, well that comes a little later, but it will come.
“Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people will see tat we have stood the test but that yo will do what is right even though we may see to have failed.” (2nd Corinthians 13:7)
Church discipline is not a matter of settling one individual’s desires. Other witnessed must provide evidence before the church exercises discipline against a member. Pastoral leadership such as Paul’s may be needed to guide a church. Each individual should check personally to see what personal changes are nee4ded. We should pray for one another that we will act properly.
Paul had been severe with the Corinthian church. He prayed that they would do no further wrong. Prayer is a proper action toward people with whom we disagree. Paul’s authority as apostle came directly from Christ. It was conveyed as Christ spoke through the apostle and brought the community of faith into being. His conduct confirmed his apostleship which was used only for the well-being of the church at Corinth.
Second Thought of the Day:
“But I tell you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew5:44–45)
Jesus expects us to relate to one another in agape love as God relates to us. This is unselfish, enduring devotion. God calls us to related to all people, even enemies, in this mature way.
Beloved, if we relate to people, even enemies in this manner, only then will people see God’s love in us. Intercessory prayer for everyone including our enemies, is an important prayer for Christians.