“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” (1 Samuel 7:3; NASB)
God did an amazing thing when He birthed this nation. He put in the heart of our Founding Fathers the desire to form a nation based upon the realization that it is God who makes laws—man only legislates them. God is the one who gives rights to individuals, and those rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness And all of this is discoverable because it is God—and Nature’s God—who makes these aspects recognizable to all.
At the same time, our Founding Fathers perfectly understood that man is flawed and that power is intoxicating. Their experience with the Throne of England and its abuses was fresh in their minds and caused them to structure the new government based upon Scripture (Isaiah 33:22) to create a bi-cameral Congress with two branches as well as the three branches of the federal government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. The Legislative branch creates laws, the Executive branch executes the laws, and the Judicial branch enforces the laws. The separation of powers, with the proper balance, is critical to a government led by fallen man. This mix of theology and practicality has produced the longest standing constitution in the history of mankind!
And yet, over the past few decades, we have seen much “overreach” of power as branches of our government attempt to meddle in areas they shouldn’t. This is where we need to understand what an “originist” is. From a constitutional standpoint, an originist is a person who believes that the Constitution should be interpreted with the views of the original authors. Simply put, our Constitution should be interpreted as our Founding Fathers viewed the issues. It is not to be reinterpreted according to the whims of the prevailing culture. In other words, the Constitution is not meant to be a “living document.”
The way Evangelical Christians interpret the Bible is very similar. Seminarians are taught not to take Scriptures out of context, but to discern what the author intended to communicate and what the original audience understood the message to be. This is absolutely critical; otherwise any culture or speaker with charisma could twist the Word of God to their own meaning.
If we believe that the birth of this nation was a miracle, if we believe that our Constitution is the most Christian document of its kind in the history of mankind, if we believe that our Constitution correctly understands God’s blueprint for government while correctly weighing the sinful nature of man, then I would argue that we should pray that our government would be reformed to our Creator’s intent.
To take it a step further, many of our Founding Fathers were raised during the greatest revival in our nation’s history, The First Great Awakening, when they formed their biblical worldviews Revival preceded the miracle of our nation. Prayer preceded this revival. We must pray for the reformation of our government.
That our government leaders would embrace a biblical structure (Isaiah 33:22).
That our government leaders would understand the fallen nature of man and how that influences legislation (Romans 3:23).
That our government leaders would understand they are held accountable by God (Micah 5:15).
That our government would legislate with the Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 33:6).
That our government would be filled with capable leaders (Exodus 18:21).
That our governmental leaders would put their hope in the Lord (Psalm 33:18).
That God would build a biblical worldview into our government leaders of tomorrow and that they would have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
By David Kubal, President/CEO
Intercessors for America
Week of February 11 through 17 – Reformation of Government
“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your heart…….and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you…” (1 Samuel 7:3; NASB)
One of the things declared by the American Declaration of Independence is:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Discuss the meaning of these phrases with your children. Here are some questions to consider:
- What kinds of truth are self-evident?
- What does self-evident mean?
- When the Declaration says all men are created equal, what does that mean for women and girls?
- Who is the Creator who has endowed human beings with these rights? What does it mean to be endowed?
- What does the right to life mean? To whom has the Lord given the right to life?
- What does Liberty mean? Name some freedoms that we possess in America.
- What does it mean to be free to pursue happiness? Help your children to understand what the Bible says about true happiness. Use Scriptures such as the following: Deut. 33:29, Ps 5:11, 16:11, 43:4, 144:15, Pro 16:20, Neh 8:10, , Is 35:10
Ask the Lord together, “How much of your kind of government will you give us in our generation, even before Jesus returns to fully establish His government on the earth?” Cry out with your children for changes that will improve our United States government that it would more and more closely reflect the just and righteous government of God!
Understand and accept the fact that the issues are complex! Many learned and wise followers of Jesus have vastly differing and opposing views of what constitutes righteous government. Yet again, we find ourselves in need of much more time in prayer and much less time espousing this or that strong perspective. We have great need of bowing before the throne of God and seeking His perspective concerning all the complex issues we face. It is far less fruitful to go to great lengths to persuade others that our perspective is the right one, than it is sit beside Jesus in the heavenly places (Eph 1:20 & 2:6) and joining through prayer, in His righteous government!
Make Micah 6:8 your theme for the week:
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God…
- Write out this verse.
- Read it together daily.
- Set your hearts to live this way; make a choice and speak out your choice.
- Ask the Lord for help on a daily basis. “Lord, how can I embody justice today? Show me how to love mercy today?”
- It seems from Micah 6:8 that humility is to be our way of life. It is amazing that our Lord never said of Himself, “I am good; I am righteous, I am mighty, I am Holy” though He eternally possesses all those attributes. The one thing the Lord said of Himself and the one quality He asked us to yoke ourselves together with Him in emulating as a way of life, was humility:
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matt. 11:29 (NIV)
So in praying for the reformation of our government, let us be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger (Jas 1:19).
For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us Is 33:22
– Pray our government leaders would arrange, pattern and organize our government with Biblical wisdom.
– Sing the above verse with your children, emphasizing the word “our” to mean you and your house! Imagine you are just like the prophet Daniel, in a culture that does not yet fully honor and obey Jesus. You are part of a remnant in our day just like Daniel was in Babylon. For you to sing together: “For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us,” has immense spiritual power. How many people does it take who are sincerely singing this song, for the Lord to save our nation and turn it around? The Lord does not see as man sees; those who win our elections have received the most votes. But how many prayer-votes for the establishment of the government of God will turn America around? Take great encouragement as you join the chorus of voices before the throne of God asking for His rule and declaring this amazing truth.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Rom 3:23
– Pray that our government leaders would understand the fallen nature of man and how that has an impact on the laws that are created and voted upon.
– Draw a circle in your journal. Inside the circle and at the top, write “Governing Like Jesus”. Write the names of various government leaders outside the circle. Draw an arrow from each name into the circle as you ask the Father, who desires ALL to come to the knowledge of the truth (1Tim 2:4), to give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding to know, to love, to obey and to follow His Son, Jesus. You can pray the same prayer from Eph 1:17 for those government leaders whether or not they are Christians.
NOTE: The important thing is not whether you are right or wrong about whether this or that leader is a Christian. The important thing is that you are praying for EVERY government leader to be inside the circle! The Lord looks on the heart and knows those who already belong to Him. They too are in the process of being sanctified, or made holy. While we are in this earthly body, we are still prone to making mistakes. Don’t wrongly teach your children that as long as a leader is a Christian, his/her choices, actions, opinions will be fully righteous all the time, and we must blindly agree with them. We pray for believing leaders as they are being made righteous, step by step and day by day, just like us!
“because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead Acts 17:31
So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Rom 14:12
– Pray that our government leaders would know the Lord God so that they could understand they are held accountable by Him.
– Put up pictures of government leaders, a different one each few days or each week. Stretch out a hand towards their picture or put a hand on their picture, as you pray, “Lord Jesus, give (Name of senator or Congressman or woman) understanding that he/she will one day give account to you! Help them to know you as righteous Judge of all the world. Help them to understand that they will answer to you one day. May this truth cause them to humbly look to you for help and wisdom!”
Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure Is 33:6
– Pray that our government would make laws with the fear of the Lord (Is 33:6).
– Do this by remembering that as you are seated with Christ in heavenly places, you actively participate in a higher government that is real today, but will one day be fully seen on the earth. Therefore, with confidence, declare phrases, such as the following:
– “Lord Jesus we choose to respect and honor you! We love your leadership. We bow before you in Reverence, Lord. We say you are our Judge, you are our King, you are our lawgiver. We delight in your laws! This is our treasure!”
Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers … Ex 18:21.
– Pray that our government would be filled with capable leaders . The Bible says that the eye of the Lord searches to and fro on the earth to show Himself strong on behalf of a heart that is loyal to Him (2Chr 16:9).
– So as a family, thank the Lord for His eyes of fire (Rev 1:14) that see right into people’s hearts! Ask Him to set men and women He chooses in leadership in our nation! Ask Him to prepare individuals to lead even from their mother’s womb. Ask the Lord to raise up young David’s with a heart after Him and Esther’s who are willing to fast and pray for righteousness and mercy whatever the personal cost; all of whom are prepared, anointed and appointed by heaven for such a time as this!
– As you pray, invite your children to consider responding with the same heart as the prophet Isaiah responded, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isa 6:8).
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him. On those who hope in His mercy, Ps 33:18
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits. And in His word I do hope. Ps 130:5
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom. 5:5
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom 15:13
Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech 2 Cor 3:12
..his hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, Heb 6:19
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 1 Pet 1:3
– Pray that our governmental leaders would put their hope in the Lord.
– Share from the above and other Scriptures, a very few thoughts concerning the nature of hope with your children, so that they would understand a little of what hope in God entails. Have them make a hope web chart over which they can pray. Lord give us this kind of leader! One, who possesses hope that is sure, steadfast, satisfying, encouraging, comforting and living; hope which anchors our soul, gives us boldness and brings us near to God!
For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?”But we have the mind of Christ 1 Cor 2:16
– Pray that God would build a biblical worldview into our current government leaders and those of tomorrow and that they would have the mind of Christ.
Simply ask God together for the mind of Christ for our leaders, present and future. Have each person present lift their voices at once, praying their own prayer to the Lord. This is a great way to pray, helping our hearts to realize that we are speaking before the Lord and to Him, together with others in the body of Christ. It is not so important that others always hear the words we have prayed and we don’t pray to impress others. When everybody speaks at once, we cannot really understand what anybody is saying. However the Lord can hear millions of voices at once and can single out each voice as if it were the only one! This type of prayer gives us a unique sense of praying in community, agreement, and simultaneously, as we are corporately led by God the Holy Spirit.
Modifications by Lelonnie Hibberd, an educator from thedanielacademy.com, a Kansas City school with strong ties to the global prayer movement.