This is a glorious section of the Bible. It tells that your kingdom is coming to earth in power and great glory. It tells us of your promise to live with your people as you are doing and as we are experiencing today.
In another place, the bible tells us that you have placed the governing authorities over us for our good. It tells us that they are your servants used by you for our good. We therefore pray for them, asking that you would bless the U.S. congress, and our state and local authorities with great blessing. We pray that they would govern in such a way that your kingdom would come even more quickly and with great force throughout the world.
We know that government is not our savior. Jesus is our only savior, and government will only accomplish your purposes as you pour out revival in the land and reformation in the church. So, we beseech you to grant grand revival and wonderful reformation, as souls are saved, and lives are changed into the wonderful image of your glorious son Jesus Christ. And we pray that you would use us as winsome agents in accomplishing these ends.
Because we know that one of the ways you are bringing your kingdom to earth is through covenant children, we ask that you would bless the efforts of our parents as we seek to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We pray that you would grant your servants diligence and self-control as we educate our children to be all that you have made them to be for your glory.
Finally, Father, there are enemies within and enemies without. The text, we began with, continues by telling us that people who are “cowardly, faithless, detestable, ers (including those who their neighbors and call them vile names), ually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, will be thrown into the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second .” But the Bible also tells us to bless those who curse us and to pray for those who persecute us. And so we do. We ask that you would bless our enemies by turning them from falsehood and lies, hatred and bigotry, from faithlessness and cowardice, from ual immorality and improper usage, idolatry and self-worship to allegiance to your glorious Son, the Lord Jesus.
But the Bible also gives example after example of how you deal with those who refuse to turn in humble repentance to embrace your mercy. Therefore, in addition to asking for our enemies to be blessed, we ask that you would deal with those who in their arrogance and pride continue to thumb their noses at you and your wonderful gift. We pray that you would give them what they desire for us and that you would do it swiftly, making it obvious to all that it is your doing and has nothing to do with us.
We pray this in the name of your wonderful gift, Jesus Christ the righteous one. Amen.