Praying for Our Leaders

July 7, 2022

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—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

Is there any point in politics where all Christians can come together and agree? No matter our background or political bent, or our stance on issues we passionately believe in, is there anything that draws us together as Christ-followers that is neither Republican, Democrat, or Independent?

Perhaps 1 Timothy 2:1-2 speaks to this in urging us to pray for all those in authority over us. No matter if you support or oppose our President, or your Governor or Mayor, or Police Chief or other government official, the Bible is clear we should pray for them. When you pray, consider asking God:

For wisdom. Pray that our leaders have great wisdom and patience in their decisions. Pray for godly counsel to surround them to give good advice. Pray that the issues they deal with will have clear solutions and that they will always keep in mind their service to the people that elected them.

For their character. Pray that our leaders would be upright in their speech and actions with others and that they would show respect and kindness to those they interact with. Pray for their honesty, integrity, and moral foundation. And pray that God would expose leaders whose character is in question.

For their spiritual growth. Pray for our leaders to be Christ-followers. Pray that God will open opportunities for those who are not Christians to hear the Gospel and come to know Jesus. Pray that they would make God’s Word and His will the underlying foundation for their public responsibilities and their decisions and actions.

At our church, following each election, we have made it a tradition to take time in worship to get on our knees and pray for our elected leaders—no matter who wins or loses. This time is not about taking sides, but about obeying God’s Word to pray for our leaders. We should and do earnestly desire for their leadership to come from a strong relationship with Jesus, and with all godly wisdom and Christ-like character.

God, thank You for our government leaders. I pray right now for our President, His cabinet, and my state leaders and local leaders, that You will give them great wisdom as they carry out their duties. Use Christians in their spheres of influence to guide them with Christ-centered advice and counsel. For those who do not know Jesus, I pray You will open up opportunities for them to hear the Gospel and be saved. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Topics: Government

Bible Reference

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.