“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NKJV)
Sometime after Pauls’s release from Roman imprisonment for the first time, he sent this letter to Timothy. Persecution was growing at the local level and it also came down from the emperor. In the midst of persecution and all the problems Christians had in dealing with the government, Paul urged Timothy, and fellow Christians like us to pray for all people, including those who are in authority. Notice that this encouragement isn’t to pray against those in authority, but to pray for them. The purpose of that is so that we can lead quiet lives in godliness and reverence. That doesn’t mean that Christians are to sit around in their homes singing hymns, it means that followers of Christ will have the opportunity to make an impact on their world without having to fight the government.
This may be a shocking statement for many Americans, but God doesn’t really care what form of government we have. He cares that His people are making an impact and ministering to others. What we’re called to do is pray for those in authority so that the conditions will be optimal for sharing the gospel and meeting needs. As followers of Christ we should pray for the well being of each of our political leaders. We should pray for wisdom and godly decision making. We should pray for them to be open to God’s leadership. It doesn’t matter what party they’re from; it doesn’t matter what positions they hold; it doesn’t even matter what their personal beliefs and lives are like. If we truly believe that God is in control of this world, we can pray for God to work in the lives of all people, including our political leaders. Take some time to pray for those in authority right now.
Lord, thank You that You are ultimately in control. I thank You for our political leaders, for the president, the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader, for the majority and minority leaders in the Senate, for my congressman and senators, for the governor and state leaders, for local leaders. Lord, grant them Your wisdom and help them make good decisions in office.