Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. Paul continued to give Timothy a framework for carrying out his role of Bishop. In the second chapter, he continued by highlighting his role in national security. He told the younger minister in 1 Tim 1: 1-2, that “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and] giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Intercession for nations is a key role that God expects His body to carry out in the earth. We are to pray for all men, kings and those in authority to promote national stability. This is apparently a tall order. After all, nations do have their security forces to carry out this activity. Biblical examples, mainly from the interactions of the Old Testament prophets and leaders, however, illustrate the absolute importance of this intercessory activity. I will now share several examples:

1. Prophet Elisha reveals the enemy’s military secrets to the King of Israel (2 Kings 6)

This was a well organized divine plan that caused the king of Israel to possess top secret military information regarding the military attacks being planned by the King of Syria. The King of Israel was able to foil the attacks by repeatedly escaping the traps.

2. Prophet Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream to prevent national disaster in an impending famine (Genesis 41).

As a result of his ministry to Pharaoh, Egypt and many other nations were saved from destruction during a seven year famine.

3. Prophet Daniel confirmed and strengthened King Darius in the first year of his reign (Dan 11: 1)

This meant that he helped the king by prophesying to him so that he received divine instructions for ruling his kingdom. The reality of this is brought out beautifully in Ezra 6: 14 which says that “the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it…” This related to the rebuilding of Jerusalem after some of the Jews were released from Babylon by King Darius. The Jews were able to successfully rebuild due to the prophetic ministry and in spite of vigorous opposition from their enemies.

There are numerous other examples in scripture in which prayers were made for nations and rulers of these nations. Blessed is the nation which has the protective covering of the prayers of the saints. In case you are saying, these men were prophets, think of Abraham’s intercession for Sodom and Gomorrah (just to save Lot), Jehoshaphat’s and Israel’s intercession when they were faced with a national threat (2 Chron 20) and others. Blessings until next time!