Pray for Our Leaders
"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." 1 Timothy 2:1-2
What a year this has been. I can't imagine the feeling of the heavy load of responsibility that has been on our leaders' backs. President Trump has trudged on, facing whatever is thrown at him. I don't find myself watching too much news as of late (except when sharing a condo with Pop for a week; Fox News being the popular tv channel in his eyes). But not to dive too much into politics in my devotion, we do carry a responsibility to pray for our leaders; all of them.
The apostle Paul urges us to pray regularly for all who are in authority. First Timothy, Titus, and Second Timothy are called the Pastoral Epistles, probably written in this order. Paul wrote these letters to Timothy and Titus to pass along to the church. He felt a great need for ministry organization and structure within the body of Christ at that time.
I find it easier to pray for my loved ones, my friends, my pastor and church, my community, our state and local leaders, the President but to pray for those in authority that I don't agree with, that's hard. But we must go back to scripture and be reminded of who we should pray for. No request is too big or too hard to place before our Lord; with Him everything is possible.
"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matt 19:26)
There are obvious prayers to pray for our leaders. I am committing to praying for all of our government leaders on a specific day of each week for this next year. I will first and always pray for their salvation, that the Lord will draw them near and their hearts will be opened to hear truth. That they will accept Him as Savior and Lord of their life and follow in obedience, whatever He lays before them. I will pray for their protection and wisdom in each of their important roles, and that the Lord will give them what they stand in need of each and everyday, and that His purpose will be fulfilled through them.
There is no better time to pray for our government than now. Join me, want you?
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, May Your salvation be in the hearts of all of our leaders. Draw them to You so that they may know they are in need of a Savior. Lead, guide and direct President Trump in the way You would have him go, and may all other government leaders follow You as well. Guard them and protect them. Fill them with Your love for our country and what is best for the American people. Help me to consistently pray for our leaders. In Jesus' name. Amen.