The Results of Praying for a Government
We are pleased to share this testimony with you from the book detailed below. It confirms the fruit when one formally prays for ones government and all sections of the society which rule our lives:
“California has earned the reputation in some Christian circles of holding an anti-family and anti-business atmosphere in a legislative and regulatory death grip. Certainly since the regular prayer visits of Aglow, the Governor’s Prayer Team, National Day of Prayer affiliates, and our own ministry (Pray North State ) (among others) began, there have been significant pieces of hostile-to-families legislation that have been defeated or vetoed. Redefinitions of marriage, assisted suicide authority, and restrictions on parental rights to discipline and educate children as they seem fit have died. Restrictions on commerce and attempts at tracking the movements of citizens have been eased or eliminated. There is no way to document a connection with the prayer movement, and the truth is that is that similar measures continue to be passed and signed into law. But there have been significant and discernable fruit – and the encouragement through this fruit to keep waiting on the Lord in worship.
When we first began these prayers some years ago, we were struck by the stuffy atmosphere inside the capitol. It was as if someone had drawn most of the oxygen from the building for the first year. Yet, more and more as we offered to God the sweet fragrance of heartfelt worship we – and newcomers to our group – comment that the air is noticeably freshened. We pray prophesy over the ones who join us and send them back refreshed and re-energized for their ministries on campus and in the cities from which they come. The most spectacular changes we see in the capitol are in the faces of the staffers who come to pray and do the daily legwork for their legislative employers. We get calls and e-mails frequently from these hardworking albeit unsung officials telling us of the changes in their own lives as we pray for these who keep the machinery of state government in their care.
One aide told me that when we first began asking for his help, he thought we were certifiable nutcases; he said that after the first year, the Fruit of the Spirit, evidenced in his own sense of peace and hope, was too overwhelming to attribute to anything other than God’s influence on his life mediated through our presence. Another aide has begun praying with authority for her colleagues on both sides of the aisles and reports at least one healing from a life-threatening cancer in the brother of one of the aides from the other political party. The cancer had been rules untreatable by the man’s doctors. We understand the miracle as a sacramental outburst – we praise God for His healing of this man and the reconciliation He brings between two representatives of opposing political viewpoints – as we await the unfolding of His promise to claim our state and her government.”
The above is an extract from the book entitled:
“The Holy Spirit and the End Times” by James A. Wilson.