Pray for Our Leaders
How often do you pray for our nation's leaders? I read a story recently that reminded of what could be called a Prayer "Hit List." There were Christian leaders urging their supporters to pray for the death of political foes. I personally knew a pastor who prayed for God to "take out" some of his stubborn members so he could lead the church to grow. Just to let you know, I DO NOT have a prayer hit list.
In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 it says, "I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."
We are urged to pray for everyone, but in particular in this case for those in authority. Who might those be? My answer would be all of our elected leaders from the president down to the dog catcher. They need our prayers, especially that God would give them wisdom to lead the country.
Why should I pray for someone I didn't vote for? Or for someone I loathe as a political leader? A very simple reason, so we can a live a tranquil and quite life in all godliness and dignity. Peace, freedom, the ability to seek God daily all come at a cost. Sometimes that means we have to pray for a leader whom we didn't vote.
Start today and pray for our national leaders. Tomorrow for our state leaders and the day after for our local leaders. Let's see what God does when we pray!
Onward and Upward!