September 17, 2018 | Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent
Intercessors are praying for leaders to arise who support biblical values and our Constitution. The enemies of God are doing all they can to hinder, obstruct, and abort the purposes of God. How do we pray when allegations and accusations abound against rising leaders? What do we believe when the media reports misconduct? How do we discern what is true and pray effectively?
Consider the following principles from Scripture when praying for various leaders who are facing opposition:
Test everything you hear.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Phil 1:9)
With social media becoming the primary source of news for many, it is tempting to accept everything that is written and reported as fact. Wise and discerning believers will take the time to search out the truth and confirm the facts before reaching a conclusion (Job 12:11). This is the time to pray as Paul did, that we would perceive that which is true, and discard that which is false.
Consider the source.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 Jn 4:1)
There is a difference between false accusations from the enemy and a convicting work of the Holy Spirit. We must consider the source of information and validate the reliability and integrity of each report. Pray that reliable sources would clarify the matter and that enemy interference would be exposed.
Watch for valid agreement.
One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. (Dt 19:15)
We must watch that any charges or accusations brought against individuals are supported by numerous testimonies that have been proven true. Intercessors must pray for each matter to be settled by enough reputable sources so appropriate actions can be taken. As the believers stand in agreement for the truth, lies can be displaced and rumors can be dispelled.
Focus on what is true.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil 4:8)
The enemy will draw our attention to gossip, slander, half-truths, and outright lies. Discerning believers will see through the smoke-screen and focus on what God is doing in the midst of the opposition. Pray that God’s purposes would be clearly seen and that any scheme of the enemy would be nullified and cancelled.
Look for the favor of the Lord.
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. (Ps 24:4-5)
Those who hide sin will never prosper (Prv 28:13). However, when a righteous person is unjustly accused, we can be assured that vindication will come. We can pray that God’s favor and blessing would be poured out on the innocent and that those who falsely accuse would be brought to the light and come to nothing.
In the current climate of increased hostility towards those who stand for truth and Christian values, let us stand in the gap for those who are being attacked and pray for a righteous outcome.
Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent