“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, 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.”
(1 Timothy 2:1-2)
There is an enormous burden resting upon the shoulders of the present day leaders, both in State and Church, and on those who carry part of their delegated responsibility. From global warming to fragile economies to internal unrest and ongoing wars, coupled with a seeming deterioration in integrity and morality, nothing appears to be simple. It has become even more complex and complicated with the events at the Boston Marathon, the situation concerning North Korea, the abuse of women and children and the plight of huge numbers of refugees to name but a few. For better or for worse these leaders and all other men and women in positions of national leadership will influence the lives of millions over the next few years.
It is no wonder that Paul calls us to prayer, and to pray specifically for ‘all those in authority.’ The reason is simple, so that we all ‘may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’ We know what they need – God’s help and direction, whether they are aware of it or not. Solomon prayed for wisdom so that he might govern and lead God’s people properly. His prayer pleased God who not only gave him such wisdom but many other blessings as well.
It is easy to bemoan the current state of affairs and to become armchair critics of the people in power. However, whether that criticism is justified or not, it will not change anything. Prayer might. God has invited and instructed us to pray. The epistles call upon us to pray. Prayer asks God to be involved and to bring His will and wisdom to bear. Prayer admits to God, and reminds us, that we need Him. Scripture records many instances where God has heard and responded to the prayers of His people. The world really needs it now – particularly as God seems to have become increasingly side-lined.
God has said to His people before
“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
He is able to bring healing and change – but maybe there is sin, disobedience and rejection that needs to be dealt with in the process. We can ask Him to show us. As Christians we are called to pray, and to pray intentionally that God’s will is done. This we all can do – and we must not stop until it is.
Focus on some key leaders in your nation and church and pray for them every day – morning, noon and night. Pray that God will guide and lead them. Pray that they become (deeper) believers. Ask others to join you.
Father, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven – in me, in my church, and in the leaders in our land. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.