20 "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
21 And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
(New King James Bible)
In these prophetic words uttered by the Prophet Daniel, he states that God changes the times and the seasons. In other words, God has control over world events.
We also learn that God removes kings and raises up kings.
In other words, God changes authority structures in the world to keep to His universal timetable for the history of the world.
We already understand that there are human authority figures governing this world. They are people like presidents and prime ministers over nations.
There are local government authorities, and heads of companies and industries. There are heads of schools and families.
The Apostle Paul instructs us as follows in
1 Timothy 2:
1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
(New King James Bible)
This tells us that authority structures are important to our heavenly Father, and as we obey this instruction from the Word of God and pray fervently and regularly for them, they will rule for the benefit of human beings.
However, there are other kings in the unseen world that we also need to pray about, so that God has the authority here in the world to remove them, so that He can bring His kingdom into the world.
Some of these are listed for us by the Apostle Paul:
12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood,
but against persons without bodies -
the evil rulers of the unseen world,
those mighty satanic beings and
great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against
huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world. (Living Bible)
Remember that the prayer Jesus gave His disciples as the pattern by which we learn to pray begins like this:
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven. (New King James Bible)
This prayer indicates to us what we already observe happening around us: that something or someone is opposing the establishing of God's kingdom on the earth.
Therefore, we need to ask the Lord to remove these unseen kings from the areas and countries where we live, so that the kingdom of God will be established in our part of the earth.
How do I recognise these opposing unseen kings? you ask.
Look around you, in your family and neighbourhood;
in your school or workplace and observe what's dominating the atmosphere.
Is there violence, family disruption, bullying?
Is it fashionable to have sexual activity between people who are not married to each other?
Is there bribery?
Is there a lawless attitude?
Is there a general atmosphere of scoffing at people of faith?
Or clashes between different faiths or religious sects?
These are just some of the evidences that unseen kings are able to dominate the atmosphere and oppose the coming of the kingdom of God in that area.
If any of these things are dominating the area where you live, begin praying earnestly for all the authority people in your area. And make sure that you are not yourself involved in any activity that our heavenly Father cannot bless.
Reading the book of Acts will give you a good idea of the kinds of unseen kings the Apostle Paul faced in the areas where he established churches preaching the Gospel.
Loving heavenly Father, my desire is to please you in every aspect of my lifestyle.
If there is anything in me that is opposing the setting up of Your kingdom where I live, I set my heart to agree with You.
Now I ask that You will show me how to pray faithfully for the people in authority in my home, in my neighbourhood; in my school and workplace; in my town or city.
May Your kingdom come,
and Your will be done where I live, as it is in heaven.
I pray in Jesus' precious name,
See you tomorrow, God willing,
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