Most followers of Christ will agree that prayer has the potential to change things. Not of ourselves but through the power of God. Some deploy prayer as a desperate last-minute option, like using a parachute as the plane goes down. That group will call out to God when everything else has failed or when tragedy strikes them. Many of us may have been in that group before we became devoted followers of Christ. Our “parachute prayer” may have been the first real communication with our Maker and Redeemer.
The story I’m sharing today is to draw attention to another type of prayer. When I was a teen my father came to salvation repentance due to prayer. Mrs. Kimball, a godly woman, teaching a women’s home Bible study, challenged each person attending to commit to praying for one person in government leadership daily for a year. They were encouraged to choose anyone from local, state, or national level, to pray and watch to see God working.
Mrs. Kimball recognized that all authority is from God. “Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God” (Romans 13:1, CSB). She took her signal for action from the apostle Paul who exhorted his disciples to pray for the governing authorities.
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4, CSB).
Partnering with God
Dad was a city council member of the small community we lived in and soon became mayor. That tenacious woman prayed for my dad—a local leader, during her prayer season. The Holy Spirit did the rest, Dad, feeling the weight of conviction, humbled himself to God’s mercy and saving grace. Ultimately, changing the trajectory and spiritual direction of our whole family.
I affirmed with Dad, the accuracy of my recollection. He added further details, telling me the Bible study began as discipleship follow-up to a Billy Graham evangelistic crusade. I mentioned how different our lives might be without the prayers of Mrs. Kimball. Dad elaborated, “think of those who prayed for the crusade or the person who prayed for Billy Graham. They are all a part of our spiritual legacy.”
As I grow in Christ, study scripture, and listen to the prayers of others, I find my own prayers develop a new depth of communion with the Lord. I hope you do too.
I want to give a shout-out to Ann Aschauer, of Seeking Divine Perspective. Ann wrote a post regarding the twentieth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, her emphasis on prayer stirred the memory of my own spiritual history.
Dear Father God, apart from You we are all corrupt. You alone are complete in holiness and purity. Give us the desire and perseverance to pray for those in authority, that they may come to the knowledge of the truth.
Thank You for those who prayed for us helping to usher in our salvation and a changed life trajectory. Use us to be a catalyst of salvation, by our prayers. In the strong name of Jesus. Amen.
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