Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Prayer For Christians To Vote, Scripture Tells us To Chose our Leaders Amen
Dear Heavenly Father, I do not take lightly what You have done in our nation. I appreciate not only the right but the privilege I have to Vote. I pray that i, as well as others, will use that privilege wisely, seeking Your will as we consider the qualifications of those for whom we are to Vote.
I pray for my Christian family [the body of Christ] that they would see the right to vote as a gift from Your hand and avail themselves of this opportunity.
May there arise such a force of righteousness in our electoral system that it would affect every realm and level of government in our nation.
I pray in Jesus'/Yeshua' Name that the powers that be would gain a profound respect not only for the political strength of the Christian community but for our spiritual influence in our nation as well.
~Luke 6:13~And when it was day,.... Or morning; having spent the whole night in prayer to God, no doubt for his disciples, whom he was about to send forth as his apostles, to preach his Gospel, and work miracles, and for their success therein:
he called unto him his disciples; the whole company of them, as in Luk_6:17 all that were his followers, and professed to believe in him, or as many as he pleased; see Mar_3:13.
And of them he chose twelve; and ordained them, and sent them out to preach, heal sicknesses, and cast out devils:
whom he also named apostles; or "messengers", from their being sent by him on such important business; and their names are as follow.
~Acts 6:1~Acts 6:1
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied,.... From an hundred and twenty to three thousand more, from thence to five thousand more, and after that a multitude of men and women were added, and still they were increasing; see Act_1:15 Act_2:41. This increase of the disciples agrees with what Maimonides says (z), before observed, that
"in the days of Gamaliel, רבו מינים, "the heretics were multiplied in Israel".''
The word "disciples" was a common name to all Christians, to all that believed in Christ, and was the name they went by, before they were called Christians, Act_11:26
there arose a murmuring of the Grecians, or Hellenists, against the Hebrews; by the Hebrews are meant the Jews that dwelt in Judea, and were the inhabitants of that country, and chiefly of Jerusalem, who spoke the Hebrew, or rather the Syriac language; and by the Grecians, or Hellenists, are meant, not the Greeks that were proselyted to the Jewish religion, though there might be some few among them; but Jews who were born, and had dwelt, in some parts of Greece, and spoke the Greek language, and used the Septuagint version of the Bible; between these two a murmuring arose, a complaint was made by one against the other: so that, as it appears from the instance of Ananias and Sapphira, that this first and pure Gospel church was not free from hypocrites; it is also manifest, that though they were at first so united and harmonious in their affections and judgments, yet they were not always clear of feuds, animosities, and contentions; Satan bestirred himself, and got footing among them, as he commonly does where the Gospel is preached, and there is an increase of it: the reason of this uneasiness was,
because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration; that is, they had not that distributed which was necessary for them, nor so much as the Hebrew widows; they complained of partiality, as if because the Hebrew widows were the natives of the country, and might be nearly related to many of the community, that therefore they were more regarded and better supplied every day, than their widows were, whose husbands had dwelt in foreign lands, and were not so well known, and had fewer acquaintance and relations; for it seems the ministration or distribution was made every day: and such a practice obtained among the Jews in common, who used to collect every day for the poor, and give it daily to them. Maimonides (a) speaks of it in this manner;
"they appoint collectors, who receive "every day", from every court, a piece of bread, or any sort of food, or fruit, or money, from whomsoever that offers freely for the time; and they divide that which is collected, "in the evening", among the poor, and they give to every poor person of it "his daily sustenance"; and this is called תמחוי, "Tamchui", or "the alms dish".''
And from hence the apostles might take up this custom, and follow it. The Ethiopic version renders it, "because they saw their widows minister", or "employed daily"; as if the complaint was, that their widows were too much made use of, and obliged to more frequent and to harder service in taking care of the poor, the sick, and helpless, than the other widows were, who had not their share of labour with them, but lived more at ease. Though others rather think the murmur was, because the Grecian widows were not taken into the number, and employed in taking care of the poor, as the Hebrew widows were; but the sense first given, of not having so good a share in the distribution, seems to be the best.
(z) Hilchot Tephilla, c. 2. sect. 1. (a) Hilchot Mattanot Annayim, c. 9. sect.
~Act 6:3~"So, brothers and sisters, choose seven men whom the people know are spiritually wise. We will put them in charge of this problem."~
~Act 6:4~However, we will devote ourselves to praying and to serving in ways that are related to the word."
~Act 6:5~"The suggestion pleased the whole group. So they chose Stephen, who was a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and they chose Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, who had converted to Judaism in the city of Antioch".~
~Act 6:6~"The disciples had these men stand in front of the apostles, who prayed and placed their hands on these seven men".~
~Act 6:7~"The word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem grew very large. A large number of priests accepted the faith".~
~Act 6:8~"Stephen was a man filled with God's favor and power. He did amazing things and performed miracles".~
~Act 6:9~"One day some men from the cities of Cyrene and Alexandria and the provinces of Cilicia and Asia started an argument with Stephen. They belonged to a synagogue called Freedmen's Synagogue".~
~Act 6:10~"They couldn't argue with Stephen because he spoke with the wisdom that the Spirit had given him".~
~Act 6:11~"Then they bribed some men to lie. These men said, "We heard him slander Moses and God."~
~Act 6:12~"The liars stirred up trouble among the people, the leaders, and the scribes. So they went to Stephen, took him by force, and brought him in front of the Jewish council".~
~Act 6:13~"Some witnesses stood up and lied about Stephen. They said, "This man never stops saying bad things about the holy place and Moses' Teachings".~
~Act 6:14~"We heard him say that Jesus from Nazareth will destroy the temple and change the customs that Moses gave us."~