For use in corporate or private prayer, and/or family devotions………
Our Scripture passage will be 1 Timothy 2:1-7:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Dear brothers and sisters,
God has a very clear solution. Pray! Pray for everyone in leadership, regardless of whether you agree with them or not, and regardless of how good or evil they appear to be. We all need Christ. Our political persuasions do not save us, Christ does! Our leaders are no different than anyone else. They need Jesus as much as we need Jesus. Paul said that such prayers please God, and lead to “a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
Yes, many Christians are suffering at the hands of their government leaders. In some countries, leaders are doing horrible things to Christians. Death, torture, imprisonment. The list of things is terrifying. But one thing I find interesting is that, when you watch or hear stories about persecuted Christians, they are always praying for those who oppress them! And if the early Christians could pray for a wicked king like Nero, how much more should we be praying for our leaders?! Trust me, none of them are nearly as bad as he was. Let us pray for all people, including those who govern over us.