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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sundayvotion: Pray for your Leaders

Now that the inauguration of the new president and vice president just concluded, the new administrations starts rolling out their plans for the country. And we, as the citizens of the republic of the Philippines, are hopeful for the change that the new administration brings.

If we go back to the bible times, we will see that after the flood, God has given authority for man to rule. This was when the human government started. A human agency known as civil government was divinely appointed to restrain evil and protect man from his own sinful nature.

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Genesis 9:5-6 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
“Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
 for God made man in his own image.

This verse gives authority for man to punish a man's fault. Thus, we need leaders to fulfill the law and deal with whoever transgresses it. Our leaders are to bring peace and order to the country/community. The question is: Does God intervene with the affairs of the nations?

The Bible reveals that God indeed intervenes in the affairs of nations (2 Chron. 7:14). And when God intervenes, He uses ordinary people. We may not be assigned huge tasks, but we can play our part to help bring about peace and the righteousness that exalts a nation (Prov. 14:34). We can do that through prayer. The apostle Paul wrote, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:1–2).

As the psalmist exhorted the ancient Israelites to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Ps. 122:6), so may we pray for the peace and healing of our nations. When we pray in humility, turn from wickedness, and seek God, He hears us.  (Our daily bread)

This means that whether we voted for the elected officers today, we still have to have our full support for them. Not only by abiding with the rules but also pray for them as they lead the country. Pray for a better nation and pray for wisdom as our newly elected leaders begin their duties and responsibilities.

God bless the Philippines!

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28 comments:

  1. May God bless our country and the new government so that peace and justice prevails. Thanks for sharing Nilyn.

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  2. This is a very timely entry. I hope all Filipinos continue to pray for our leaders, support them while continuing to be vigilant so that our leaders won't go astray.

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  3. Amen! I believe that whether we like them or not, we need to respect and pray for our leaders. And when we feel they are not doing their jobs well, we need to pray for them all the more. I also believe that being a president is not just out of sheer luck--there's divine intervention.

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    1. True, 'coz even if we hate them, wala na mangyayari, sila na ang nalulok. You're right! Praying for wisdom for Mr. Pres, also for his safety.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes! This is a daily reminder for me, to respect and obey the person God has put above me, which can be a struggle sometimes because of my student activist background haha.

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    1. haha. That's understandable Maan. There are some people in the position that I didn't vote too. But have to pray for them 'coz they're already there. hehe.

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  5. Amen! I do pray for their safety and their wisdom in leading us all into a better country. :D

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    1. For their safety, definitely. I think to be in that position is too dangerous sometimes.

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  6. I hope this presidency can bring about the positive change everyone's been hoping for.

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  7. I agree! Regardless of who got the posts in the government, we have to pray for them. We need to pray for our leaders, no matter what we feel about them.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this. I think now more than ever, we should all be united and pray that our new leaders find a way to make it work and help us rebuild our nation. Very hopeful for these two!

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    1. I am very hopeful for these two as well!

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  9. Everything hoped for a big change. And sana ma-achieve iyon ng ating mahal na bayan. I still have high hopes na magiging maayos ang bansa for the next generations to come.

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    1. Yes, not for us but for the future generation. ♥

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  10. Indeed God bless the Philippines. I really hope and pray that corruption will somehow be lessened if not totally irradicated. The Philippines is a very rich country only if those in the government work honestly.

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    1. Yes! Corruption. Kung sana di nabubulsa, I'm sure that will really help a lot!

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  11. Change is coming na talaga and I pray for the best. God Bless the Philippines.

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  12. We really need to pray and support this tandem. And we all need to work hard for a better Philippines hindi lang nakaasa sa kanila.

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    1. I agree, we also need to do our part, as the citizens of the PH.

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  13. yup, at this point, nothing much else to do but pray and hope for the best

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  14. Regardless of who is elected, for sure, all of us wanted the best for our country. But of course, we need to do our part as citizens to effect change, right? :)

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