Pray For and Support our Leaders
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. (2) Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)
I wonder how many of us remember to pray for our government leaders. I thought about this when I got my absentee ballot in the mail. This year, in particular, voting weighed heavily on my mind. My thoughts weren’t just on the election per se, but Covid-19 and all the turmoil and chaos that has consumed our nation this year. I prayed that the Holy Spirit would guide me, in making my vote. I also opened my Bible and read Romans 13:1-5 that says: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (2) Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (3) For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. (4) For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. (5) Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” – (NIV) In these verses, Paul teaches us what the government’s role is in our lives. As I read and reread scripture, I felt confident in my voting. God is in control, and He wants us to respect and obey our leaders. They too, are God’s servants, and the day will come when we will all be judged. It is not our job to judge others. We have government and leaders for a reason. Let them lead and remember, God has authority over them just as He has authority over us. Don’t get caught up in taking control away from those governing us. Instead, pray for our leaders, no matter what party gets elected, and always remember to support them, whether we like who is in charge or not. After all, God has delegated power to them.
Lord, let us come to You, in prayer and gratitude, that we live in a country that allows us the privilege of voting. Let us be thankful for this opportunity, instead of belittling our candidates and bringing disruption and unrest to our communities. Remind us each day, that we are to support our government, not just during election time, but every day of their leadership. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by: Laurie Davis