The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to Timothy in 63 AD, encouraging him and the churches to pray, intercede and give thanks for all men, but especially for their government leaders so that the believers might lead quiet and peaceable lives.
The main government leader at the time was Emperor Nero, head of the Roman Empire.
What happened next?
A great fire broke out in Rome in 64 AD, destroying great portions of the city. Nero laid much of the blame on Christians and hunted them down. Horrific tortures were inflicted on Christians with thousands of believers being martyred. Paul, himself, was beheaded by Nero in 67 AD.
But guess what?
Christianity grew and became stronger during these four years of heavy persecution, which ended in 68 AD, at Nero’s death.
Just think for a moment: Paul and the believers prayed, interceded and gave thanks for Nero during this cruel time period, hoping for peace. Yet, it took four years for their prayers to produce peace in the Roman Empire. Four years until their breakthrough!
This should give California believers hope!
The newly installed California government is not a Christian-friendly one nor can we expect Bible-based laws to be enacted in the days ahead. But let’s follow Paul’s exhortation by giving thanks, intercessions, supplications and prayers for the following government leaders, believing that God will have His way in California:
Governor Gavin Newsom.
Lt. Governor Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis
Attorney General Xavier Becerra
President Pro Tempore of California Senate Toni Atkins
Majority Leader of California Senate Robert Hertzberg
Minority Leader of California Senate Patricia Bates
Speaker of California Assembly Anthony Rendon
Speaker Pro Tempore of California Assembly Kevin Mullins
Majority Leader of California Assembly Ian Calderon
Republican Leader of California Assembly Marie Waldron
US Senator Kamala Harris
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
Speaker of US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
US House Representative Maxine Walters
My prayer today:
Lord, raise up a hundred thousand believers who will make a commitment to pray according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 for our government leaders on a regular basis, believing You will have Your way in our state.
Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for California and the West Coast.