Some of you would say, “Come on Lucas, don’t go there, not now.”Others would have said the same thing a few months ago. That is not the case. It does not matter who is the leader and who occupies the leadership position. The Scripture is clear, we should pray on a regular basis for our leaders.
One of the most important texts about this is the one that Paul wrote to Timothy, his disciple, here it is: “I Timothy 2:1-2 – 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.”
This is a very small decision, but it has tremendous consequences not only for our personal lives, but for the lives of a whole city, state, and country. Paul is not asking Timothy to pray only for those who are on the side of the Christian faith or the church. No, on the contrary, Paul is asking Timothy and the church to pray for a terrible leader. His name was Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, known generally as Nero.
The other thing that Paul is asking of Timothy is to pray for and not against the authorities. We should pray for their personal life, family, health, and spiritual life. We should ask God to guide them and help them to make righteous decisions. We also should pray for peace, so we would be able to live our Christian life without interference.
When we pray for the authorities we recognize God’s sovereignty, not only over the affairs of His people, but also over the whole universe. God controls everything and everyone. This is what the Bible has to say about kings and emperors: “Dan. 2:21He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” And in Proverbs we have this: “Prov. 21:1The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”
When we pray for our leaders we recognize that God is the One who establishes the authorities, all of them. This is what Paul wrote: “Romans 13:1 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”Believing in that would help us to do another thing that Peter asked us to do, to honor them: “1Pet. 2:17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honortheking.” The word means: “to honor, show respect, give recognition.”
My friend I do not know which side you are on. If you are a disciple of Christ, it is your obligation to pray for the authorities, all of them, not only for those who you like, sympathize with, or are on your side. Things in our cities, states, and countries would be different if all of us would make this small decision to pray for our leaders.
Have a blessed week,