The renowned authority on early church history Henry Chadwick puts this point well when he states that one of the major reasons for the growth of the church was the fact that the gospel it preached “spoke of divine grace in Christ, the remission of sins and the conquest of evil powers for the sick soul, tired of living and scared of dying, seeking for an assurance of immortality.
For salvation, "repentance unto life" is just as necessary as is faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. No sinner was ever pardoned while he remained impenitent, while he remained in rebellion against God and His authority, and without submitting himself whole-heartedly to His Lordship. This involves the realization in his heart, wrought therein by the Holy Spirit, of "the sinfulness of sin" (Rom 7:13), of the awfulness of ignoring the claims of God and of defying His authority. Repentance is a "holy horror and hatred of sin, a deep sorrow for it, a contrite acknowledgment of it before God, and a complete hear forsaking of it.
Three main reasons why we need to pray for those in authority. First, we have to pray that the decisions of the nation will not be based on selfish and political desires only. The second reason is that the nature of all men is to grab and take as much as they can. We have to pray against corruption. When a leader loves the nation, he will build the nation and not his personal wealth. Thirdly, we must pray for peace and freedom so that we may go about our Christian duties without any hindrance.
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
William Marrion Branham, Mike Murdock, Justice Kojo Bentil, Billy Graham, Pastor Mensa Otabil, Dag Heward Mills, Benson Andrew Idahosa, Dr. Myles Munroe, Rick Rigsby, Jerry J. Panou, David O. Oyedepo, Bishop Tudor Bismark, Martin Luther King Jr., David Ibiyeomie, T. B. Joshua, Kenneth E. Hagin, Smith Wigglesworth, Brian Houston, John C. Hagee, Adrian Pierce Rogers, Ravi Zacharias, Derek Prince,