Prayer changes things. It can
even "move mountains" (Mark 11:23-24). Prayer is so important that
Yeshua had a regular discipline of praying early in the morning before the
sun came up (Mark 1:35). His primary "job" now is interceding for us in
heaven (Romans 8:34).
Prayer changes us. It changes our will: "Not my will but Yours"
(Matthew 26:39). It removes our sin ("forgive us our sins") our
un-forgiveness ("as we forgive others") our tendency to sin
("lead us not into temptation") and attacks against us ("deliver
us from evil") - Matthew 6:12-13.
Prayer changes the world around us. It moves the will of heaven down into
the earth (Matthew 6:10). It moves angelic powers to change history (Daniel
9:20-23; Revelation 8:2-5). It can even stop the sun from moving (Joshua
We are called to pray for all people, but particularly for government
leaders and those in positions of authority. "First of all I urge you to
lift up prayers and supplications and requests and thanksgiving for all
men; for kings and the heads of authority ..." (1 Timothy 2:1-2). This
is an issue of strategic priorities.
You can't just pray one by one for every single person in the world.
So obviously we would want to pray for those who have the largest amount of
influence over other people. When we pray for government leaders, we in
effect pray for all the people living in their nation or serving in their
Who has the most influence and authority in the world today? Donald Trump
probably is the foremost. What about US Vice-President Pence - or Guterres,
the Portuguese UN General Secretary - or Pope Francis - or Russia's
Putin, China's Xi Jinping, Germany's Merkel - or the leader of
whatever country you live in? In Israel we have Prime Minister Netanyahu,
key government leaders like Bennet and Lapid, as well as Jerusalem Mayor
Imagine how you could change the whole world by even such a small
investment of fifteen minutes in daily, concentrated, faith-filled prayer
for key people in government, business, religion and media! Pray for those
who shape others' opinions.
Our prayers can influence their decisions. Here is one key how to pray for
them: Proverbs 21:1 - "The heart of the king is streams of water in the
hand of YHVH; He will turn them wherever He desires." Along with our
prayers, God can influence government leaders, who will in turn influence
those around them.
I encourage you to choose a small number of key leaders, and pray for them
daily in a focused way. God will tilt them, turn them, bend them, cause
them to make right decisions, and have them act according to His will even
if they didn't understand why. This is a very effective tactic to
change our world for the better.
This article was previously published on November
on the Revive Israel website, and on November 17th
2017 here on the Kehila News Israel website.