SUNDAY, JUNE 23
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1, Romans 11:1-5
The third and final word that is used in our praying for or against leaders is en-toong-khano-o or the word ent-yook-sis, which is from en-toong-khano-o. We see an example of this is Romans 11. So what kind of intercession does God expect us to make for an individual who consistently chooses evil and rebellion against God’s Word? Romans 11:1-5 gives us a picture. It says, “I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, ‘Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.’ Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” In verse 2, we find that Elijah is pleading with God against Israel. Now any time a prophet or a king is praying against, we know he is praying judicially. And what is Elijah praying? His pleading or prayer is from en-toong-khano-o, which means ‘To pray against, expecting a judicial outcome.’ What shall we say, except it is obvious that all three of these words that are used by Paul in Timothy have an application of praying judicially. We must acknowledge our tradition has locked us deceptively into a Priestly mode. It is obvious that our tradition has made the Word of God of none effect. Tradition has enabled evil, extended the life of the wicked and as a result, shortened the life of the righteous. It is time that we followed the Holy Spirit and learned to pray judicially over leaders that have set themselves against Christ. Then and only then will we see the deliverance that Scripture promises.