We have seen in recent weeks how horrible it can become in a short time if a spirit of lawlessness and anarchy gains the upper hand!
In Ezekiel 22, evil was streaming into Israel like water through a gap in a dam wall. God then sought for a man who was prepared to stand in the gap and repair the wall, but He could not find even one! He had no choice than to scatter them among the nations!
Paul tells Timothy (in 1 Timothy 2:1-2), “…first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” And James says that the prayers of the righteous avail much!! If we believe this and live a righteous life ourselves, then we are truly the salt of the earth with power in our spirit and prayers. And then God will stop these spirits of lawlessness and anarchy.
In Exodus 17:11 it is written that “… when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.” The same applies to us. If we let our hands sink in unbelief, “throw in the towel”, and join the pavilion of those who can only criticize our President, the judiciary and those in authority who do their very best to fight the corruption and anarchy in our country, then these dark powers of lawlessness will prevail! But if we put all our confidence and trust in the Almighty God and His power, and pray for our country and those in authority, then we’ll “keep our hands up” and God will make sure that these evil powers are stopped!
While the people of Israel were captives, the Lord stirred up the spirit of king Cyrus of Persia to make a proclamation throughout all his kingdom to help the Jews. (Ezra 1:1.) In our days God will do the very same! He will stir up the spirit of those in authority and give them the power and authority to stand against these dark forces of lawlessness and anarchy, so that “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
It is our task to pray for our country and those in authority, and God is a rewarder of those who seek Him!