We’ve all heard the admonition to “never talk religion or politics at the table.” This morning I’m going to rebel against that statement. As we continue to pray outside our bubble, I’m going to ask you to focus your prayers on our government.
When you ask someone to pray for government leaders there are usually three different reactions: 1. apathy, 2. a positive feeling toward the current administration, 3. a negative feeling toward the current administration.
Yet, no matter where your political leanings or ideologies lie, God’s called us to pray for our leaders. Read this urgent request of the Church by the apostle Paul:
“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 good, and pleases God our Savior…” -1 Timothy 2:1-3
So we should absolutely pray for all people, but notice Paul takes this to a specific level: “all those in authority”.
Why? He gives us two reasons: 1. “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”, 2. “This is good, and pleases God our Savior”.
I don’t know about you, but those are good enough reasons for me. No matter where you land in your political support, take some time and genuinely pray for government leaders at the local, state and national level: judicial, legislative and our president. Take some time to also lift up our military men and women and their families who sacrifice so much.
Pray that all the above would come to know and follow Jesus. That God’s perfect will would be accomplished in their lives. That God would protect and provide for all their needs. That Christians in these areas would impact those around them as salt and light.
These are real people, who need real prayers. They’re counting on you to pray and they might not even know it.
Your government needs you.
I’m praying with you.