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 Core Nigerian Politicians You Should Pray For Today

As believers, we must take intercession very seriously. An Intercessor is one who takes the place of another; one who pleads another's case. Since, as a Son of God through faith in Christ Jesus, you are destined to be a spiritual priest, then intercession must be a major preoccupation to you. 

Today, I want to place emphasis on a very important direction our intercession should keep flowing towards. 

1 Timothy 2: 1-4

"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 Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

The powers of priesthood are best maximized on the platform of selflessness. And if you don't know what to intercede for, scripture has given us very clear direction in verse 2: 

"for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." 

In other words, raise incense on behalf of kings and those in authority (equivalent to our President and other government officials today).

If you check the archives of history, a large chunk of those ancient kings were power drunk folks who treated their subjects like trash. However, God is still saying the kings are prominent set of people that should be interceded for first. On a political and rational level, it is a difficult thing for the people (because they won't like many of their rulers since there is no good connection in the first place). However, God wants His children to be more spiritual than political. We should not to be politically minded at the expense of spirituality 

In our context, irrespective of what you think about the President of our nation, in God's agenda, the President is part of the most prominent set of people you should always intercede. So, when last did you really take time to intentionally intercede for the President of our country?

Now, many of those ancient kings and rulers (in different parts of the world) are pagans, and also evil. In our current society too, many of our political leaders are nasty and ungodly. 

But why would God want us to always labour in the place of prayer for these ungodly and corrupt leaders?

Well, it is actually because of us (His children) and the fulfilment of His grand eternal agenda. See what the rest of that verse 2 says:

"(When we are diligent in raising incense for these guys, the result is that) we may lead (or live) a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."

So, while God is asking us to intercede for these ungodly leaders that we don't like, He is actually thinking about our own well-being. Of course, our intercessions can bring about repentance to these leaders (God wants everyone to be saved). However, looking beyond these guys (many of them won't even submit themselves to the Lord due to power drunkeness, culture and other factors), God wants to use our intercessory prayers to ensure a pleasant environment where our services and communion with Him will keep flourishing. 

God wants us to have societies where we can easily serve Him with peace and pleasantness. And He has given us a strong formula for this: be intentional about raising incense for your President and other government officials. Maybe this is something some believers in very hostile societies should see and know. Maybe they haven't been diligent in carrying this out, but are only praying for something bad to happen to these leaders.

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