January 26, 2019
Wow – What a fabulous first few weeks of the 100th General Assembly in Jefferson City.
For the past five years, I have the privilege and mandate to proclaim the Scripture, to present a biblical worldview, and to pray. Each Monday night, I visit every legislator’s office. The schedule is to distribute hard copies for the Tuesday morning legislator’s Bible study. However, the Lord consistently has additional plans. His plans are not scheduled. Last Monday, evening, more than 10 “God moments,” as I call them, developed with legislators; from prayer needs, family counsel, explaining a biblical view on controversial issues, healing, and encouragement. I never know what encounters might emerge.
“The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)
Most of these conversations are behind closed doors. I share that because trust is a premium. Our government leaders know Capitol Commission is posited to pray for them, proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, and to be present.
The Opening of the session included many ministry engagements. Some of which are:
- Prayer and Devotions for Governor Parson, Mrs. Parson, the First Lady, and his staff. My biblical admonition was from Proverbs 1: 3, 7; Malachi 6:8; and John 13:3-5.
- Annual prayer breakfast for government leaders hosted by Concord Baptist Church convened. Thank you, Pastor Monte Shinkle, and Concord Baptist Church www.concordjc.org for hosting the prayer event. Inspirational prayers for each branch of government were declared.
- Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, where the Governor shared a message of hope, vision, and faith in Christ, went forth. Our Governor, and his wife, Teresa, are lovely people. It was a joy to have my wife, and, son, Brent with me.
- Prayed with numerous legislator’s when they were sworn into office. Sixty-three new legislators are committed to doing the people’s business.
- Proclaimed the Scripture from the Book of James (study for the 2019 session) for the first Legislator’s weekly Bible study. More than 23 percent of the legislature were present. James builds his message from the Proverbs and teachings of Jesus, specifically, the sermon on the mount.
- I feel like I am planting a new church with a large group of new legislators beginning their service. Many new relationships need building.
I invite you to join me to pray the following prayers for our governing leaders:
Lord, "May those that love [you] be like the sun when it rises in all its strength."
- Pray our legislators will be bright like the morning sun.
- Pray our legislators will be strong in faith, strong in body, and strong in mind.
- Pray that partisan politics will not be the measure by which votes take place, rather, that God’s will, and what’s best for our nation, be done.
- Pray the principles of truth in Scripture to be the foundation of their lives. May their actions and decisions be right, just, and pleasing to the Lord.
- Pray that our legislators know the Lord, and follow Him. For those that have yet to meet the Lord, we pray them to salvation. For those that know the Lord, we pray them to pursue God and practice prayer, reading the Scripture, faithfulness, gentleness, kindness and most of all love.
- Pray that our legislators will be full of God’s wisdom, making their decisions according to a biblical world-view. The Lord give them insight and understanding beyond their natural experience and gifts so God’s will be done for Missourians.
- Pray that our legislators, chaplain, pastors, and spiritual overseers speak God’s truth to political power and that the prophetic Word of God transcends the polls of human ingenuity. May the voice of the Lord be heard over the sound of men.
- Pray that our legislators will be bold and fearless - powerful like a lion, gentle as a lamb and full of grace.
In the powerful and authoritative name of Jesus!
Throughout this 2019 session, I invite you to join me in praying for our state political leaders. See www.pray1tim2.orgfor easy access to names and topics to pray.
We acknowledge that one day: “the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.” (Rev. 11:5) AMEN!
I would love to hear from you – email me firstname.lastname@example.org let me know how I might pray for you. Thank you for your continued love and support.
We are partnering with you to advance the Kingdom of God in the Missouri Capitol!
THANK YOU for your financial and prayer support. It makes a significant difference. Our ministry presence would not be here if it was not for your support.
Your Missionary to the Missouri Capitol,
John A. Battaglia, D. Min.