Leaders and Supplication Prayers
The other night, as I was getting ready for bed, I thought, Who makes the most effective supplication prayers?
But the more I thought about this, the more I realize that all the effective supplication prayers, in the Bible, have this one feature in common. Leaders make them!
Of course, this doesn’t mean that if you are not a leader you cannot make an effective prayer of supplication to God. Far from it!
Everyone who prays for others makes supplication prayers, (1 Kings 8:38).
And any Believer could make a request that the Lord God honors. However, supplication prayers are unique. They are most effective when leaders make them.
Three Leaders Who Made Supplication Prayers
They are Nehemiah, Solomon, and Daniel.
Nehemiah Prayer of Supplication
Nehemiah enquired of a fellow Jew concerning some Jews of the captivity that had escaped and of Jerusalem.
However, the response he received saddened him. He wept, fasted, and made supplications for them.
His prayer of supplication is very specific.
He prays: “Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned,” (Nehemiah 1:6).
As a result, Nehemiah prayed first for himself, then he prayed for his nation. In other words, he made supplications for himself and his people.
This prayer couldn’t be intercessory for the reason stated later in this post.
Additionally, the Jewish people, on a whole, were unaware of Nehemiah’s supplication prayers. He did all this in private.
Next, let’s inspect Solomon’s supplication prayers. Like Nehemiah, he prayed first for himself then, he prayed for the people. But unlike Nehemiah, the people for whom he prayed were aware of his supplications for them.
They were in his presence as he prayed for them, (1 Kings 8:22). His prayer was very specific also, but he petitioned the Lord for more things, (1 Kings 8:22-59).
Solomon requests of God, “And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive,” (1 Kings 8:30).
Again, this prayer of Solomon couldn’t be intercessory for the identical reason as for Nehemiah. And this I will explain in the conclusion.
Next, let’s turn our attention to another stalwart petitioner and one the Lord brags about, Daniel.
Daniel’s Prayer of Supplication
Daniel recognized that Jerusalem and the Jewish people were distressed by their enemies. Therefore, to secure God’s intervention he made supplications for his sins and the sins of his people before the Lord God.
Consequently, he prays. “And whiles I [Daniel] was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God,” (Daniel 9:20).
Therefore, note above that Daniel, similar to the other leaders before him, made supplication to the Lord God for himself and for his people.
“Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation,” (Daniel 9:21).
And like them, his prayer was focused. He prayed in private.
How Supplication Prayers Differ From Intercessory Prayers
Therefore, you would observe that all these men who made effective supplication prayers are leaders. And as they prayed, first they prayed for themselves, then they petitioned the Lord God, mainly on the behalf of their nation, or for others.
And for that reason supplications are more emotional than any other types of prayer. As a result, leaders make effective supplication prayers as they weep, and cry before God.
These leaders had their country’s interest and wellbeing at heart.
They poured out their hearts to God for their people and He heard and answered them.
This does not make this intercessory prayer. When one is making an intercessory prayer such a one doesn’t pray for self. And for this reason, neither Daniel, nor Nehemiah, nor Solomon’s prayer, listed above, is intercessory prayer.
Therefore, to effect the change we need, we should desire that all our leaders make supplications prayers for others.
Pray for the Leaders of Your Country
Fathers, you are the leaders and Priests of God in your homes. Make supplications prayers for yourself, your family, and your country.
Pastors, you are leaders appointed by the Lord. Pray not only for your congregations, but also for the leaders of your country. Pray for your heads of government. And don’t forget all the others in authority.
Pray for your leader. Pray for your President, or Prime Minister.
And because of your role, as a leader, the Lord will hear and honor your petitions which come from a broken and contrite heart.
He did it for those men above and he will do it for you; therefore, start making supplication prayers for others today.
Because of Nehemiah and Daniel’s prayers of supplications the Lord intervened on Israel’s behalf.
Similarly, owing to Solomon’s supplication prayers, today, thousands of years after his prayer, the Jewish people still pray towards the Sanctuary. God heard, and approved his petitions.
Leaders, what cause are you petitioning the Lord God for on the behalf of others?
If God Honors our Leader He Honors Us
Supplication prayers are most effective when leaders make them because the Lord God honors or dishonors the (king) or leader first before his people.
If He honors our President, He will honor us. There is no people that God accepts and rejects its leader.
For example, he rejected Pharaoh. Consequently, he rejected all the Egyptians.
Similarly, the Lord rejected King Amalek and all his people. Finally, the King of Jericho and his people suffered because God rejected his leadership.
With this in mind, can you perceive the eminent importance of a person who fears the Lord God as leader of a country? Or in government?
Consequently, the Lord supplies the reason, in the Scripture below.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men,” (1 Timothy 2:1).
Supplication prayers are most effective when leaders make them because they usually are petitions to God for changes concerning a people.
“For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty,” (1 Timothy 2:2).
So, in closing, for these reasons and others let’s make supplication prayers for our 45th President, Donald Trump.