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Praying for our Leaders – and theirs

As the pandemic continues to affect our country and almost every other country too, tensions increase and blame abounds, spreading the contagious dis-ease of bad attitudes and depressing outlooks. 
We can contribute to the general malaise, or, as Christians, we can take another tack. Here’s how the Apostle Paul prayed in troubling times.

1 Timothy 2:1-6– a prayer of Paul from the King James Version of the Bible
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all…;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James V…

Priestly Prayer for God’s People

At the moment, the world seems to be in a panic over a virus, causing man-made systems, businesses, and services to shut down. As health officials tell us, we need to wash hands with soap every time we’re out and keep ourselves – and the air in our homes – hydrated.
Most important, however, we need to decide if we truly do trust God, Who made us, cares for us, and gives us this prayer:
Numbers 6:24-26 – the priestly prayer-blessing of Aaron over God’s people (KJV)
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 

Numbers 6:24-26 – the prayer of Aaron (paraphrased)
Lord, we pray You bless and keep us.
We pray Your face shines graciously upon us.
We pray You look kindly toward us and give us Your God-peace.
Shalom.
From the Book of Bible Prayersact…