For All in Authority

By Francis Frangipane

"First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

There are many obvious reasons to pray for people in positions of authority. At the core of authority is the ability to influence. Anyone with influence has authority and anyone with authority has influence. Governmental authority can influence entire cultures, and beyond. The Old Testament reveals that when a king turned to the Lord, the entire nation was influenced toward God. This was true with all of the godly kings in Judah, and it was true in Nineveh when its king led in national repentance. In fact, Judah never experienced a national revival without that revival being stimulated by the heart of the king.

He Can Do It Again!

By Francis Frangipane

As I write this, a huge naval exercise by the US military and its allies is bringing a massive concentration of American naval, air and marine might to the Persian Gulf. American officials said the exercise, which will occur in late October, will practice interdicting ships carrying weapons of mass destruction and missiles. Facing these units in the Persian Gulf are the naval, air and marine units of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, together with the Iranian armed forces, all of which are on full war preparedness.

US naval, air and marine forces, as well as other NATO warships and troops, are also massing in the eastern Mediterranean opposite Lebanon and Syria. The stage appears to be set for what could erupt into serious conflict. (Preceding information has been adapted from various news sources, including the Debkafile).

A Symphony to God's Heart

By Francis Frangipane

During seasons of prayer, when congregations unite for intercession or groups meet in homes to appeal to God, it is important we stay united in Spirit, supportive and passionate with the goal of touching the heart of God. Even though we pray differently or come together with different styles or burdens, our unity plays an important dynamic in obtaining spiritual success.

For instance, when my wife and I pray together, I like to pack all the meaning I can into a couple sentences. I might pray a simple prayer, "Lord bless and fill my kids," What I mean, is Lord touch them, forgive them, provide for them, guide them, use them and protect them. My prayer is like a "zip file." It's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It appears small, but when God opens it up, there's a lot of meaning in my prayer.

Manifested in Our Mortal Flesh

By Francis Frangipane

What did Jesus have in mind for His followers when His ministry began? What was His holy objective? I am absolutely convinced that Christ came to replicate Himself in us. True Christianity is nothing less than the living manifestation of Christ in and through us (Ephesians 4:11-13). Indeed, our destiny does not find sure footing until the actual life of Christ emerges in redemption through us.

When I speak of Christ, I mean His meekness, His love and redemptive motive. I am speaking of His power and His deep surrender to the Father's will, which produced His expansive authority over all things. And, when I speak of Christ in us, I am not merely referring to the right assemblage of doctrines, as though salvation was purely a cerebral exam. Our doctrines are important to the degree they unfold into the character and power of Christ flowing through us.