My followers were to save My world — by keeping My Commands, by close union with Me, and by the indwelling Power of My Spirit.
But they were to be a peculiar people. My religion which was to change men’s lives, and was to be so revolutionary as to separate families and reorganize governments, has become a convention, tolerated where not appreciated.
Its Truths have been modified to suit men’s desires. Its followers carry no flaming sword, they bear no Message of a Love so tender as to heal every wound, so scorching as to burn out every evil. My Cross is outdated, My Loving Father but the First Cause.
Man delights in his self-sufficiency, and seeks to persuade himself that all is well. Can he deceive a loving, understanding Father, who knows that under all the boasting there lurks fear, longings, despair?
Can I leave man so? Can I offer him Calvary, and if he will have none of it, leave him to his fate? I know too well his need of Me. “You can help Me.”
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Ronald Reagan said, “America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety.
Recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.”
In our last message, we saw that we will not make America godly again, and thus great again, through legislation but only through spiritual transformation.
Let’s continue looking at how praying for our nation will lead us back to greatness.
Paul writes that praying for all men, and especially government officials “is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
” Regarding this particular verse, Warren Wiersbe said, “What is God’s will? The salvation of lost souls. We can pray for ‘all men’ because it is God’s will that ‘all men’ come to the knowledge of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
God loved the world and Christ died for the whole world. Jesus died on the cross that He might draw ‘all men’ to salvation. This does not mean all people without exception, for certainly the whole world is not going to be saved.
It means all people without distinction—Jews and Gentiles, black and white, rich and poor, religious and pagan. We do know that prayer is an important part of God’s program for reaching a lost world.
We have the responsibility of praying for lost souls and making ourselves available to share the Gospel with others.”