1 Timothy 2:1-2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Yesterday, we went to the polls to vote for the leaders of this nation. We are responsible to and for those leaders, no matter whether we voted for the winning or losing candidates. The best thing we can do is to pray for those who have elected to office – from president to dog-catcher, they all need our prayers.
As we pray for them, we benefit both them and ourselves. Let’s look at it. We are to give thanks for our leaders. But wait, you say. I didn’t vote for that one. Why should I pray for him/her?
You pray harder for those who were not your choice than for those who were. You intercede that the Lord would be in charge of their lives exactly as he is in charge of yours.
The result of such prayer is that we may lead quiet lives, that our physical and political houses would be in order – God’s order.
Teach us to pray for those in authority over us. Grant us the wisdom to ask your wisdom for our leaders. Help us to pray that their hearts might be in order, submitted to you.
In Jesus’ most precious name.