“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Yep, that’s in the Bible! Regardless of your political affiliation, we are to pray for those in authority. Got that? You may not agree with a particular elected official. You may be radically opposed to everything for which they stand. In fact, what they may be doing personally and professionally is just the opposite of your belief system and values. Pray for them! Pray for our country! Even when it is a challenge to do so!
Praying for others is a great prescription to combat a critical spirit. It is very difficult to intercede for someone while at the same time criticizing them. We have always lived in an environment of criticism, especially when it comes to governmental leaders. Isn’t it curious that Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, would encourage believers in the first century to pray for the very leaders who would take his life?
So, where will you go with this today? Ignore it or engage with it? My encouragement is to begin right now interceding for those government leaders who represent you in local, state and national places of leadership. Call them by name and pray for them. Ask God to give them wisdom and discernment. Since our Lord has the power to turn hearts toward what He wants, ask Him to shape the decisions the leaders who represent you may make this next week.
Just imagine what would happen if all believers stopped criticizing and started praying for our leaders? Our country would look and feel differently than what it is today! Don’t wait for them to lead you; you take the lead and walk into heaven’s gates with requests God impresses upon you…right now! What a great birthday gift to give a nation so in need of God’s Hand of blessing!