Day 4. Intercede for Our Land

P99M or $5.5M

P99M, this is the Bureau of Customs’s audit and assessment for “various” penalties for 2014-2015 business transactions… as of this morning. This happens year after year and the amount would be haggled and reduced to a smaller, but still two digit number in millions of pesos. What’s important is they reach their “quotas” set by their supervisors – as if operating like a pyramid scam. They’d even issue a receipt for it – which means that the “penalty” is “legal”. The fact that the penalty can be haggled means that they manipulate financial reports to come up with an amount that the company is comfortable with.

P99M is the amount of our payroll for 3 years to feed 130 families. What if we are not able to pay the penalty and have to shut down? Will the government feed our 130 employees and their families?

Do government officials deserve to be prayed for?

Deserve, no. No one deserves anything. It is all by God’s grace. But need, yes.

Scriptures: 1 Timothy 2:1-8, Matthew 5:13-16, Ezekiel 22:30, 2 Chronicles 7:14

Paul instructs us to pray for all authorities so that we may live peaceful lives, in all holiness and godliness. When 1 Timothy was written, the psychotic Emperor Nero was impaling Christians and burning them as human torches. The P99M is nothing compared to the torture that they faced. Yet Paul asked them to pray for kings and all authorities – for this is good and pleasing to Jesus.

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