“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
We are not of the World, followers of Jesus, but we were most certainly sent into it (John 17:14-19). When we are sent, our work as lights in the darkness is in many ways easier when we can live peaceful lives. So, we are called to pray for all people. This includes those in authority.
Notice these four words Paul uses: petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving. Together they suggest two postures in our prayers for authority. First, when we do go to God for his help, we are to make our requests with child-like confidence and devotion to him. Second, when we go to God for his help, we are to go with gratitude in our hearts. So go to God with a grateful heart full of love for him, believing he will hear and answer your prayers for our leaders.
Set aside 15 minutes to pray today. Below are some suggestions…
- Pray that President Biden’s administration and the new Congress includes leaders who listen to wise counsel that results in God’s righteousness and peace to be part of our nation
- Pray that today would be a non-violent transition of power for the United States
- Pray that God would show us if there are ways that we should contribute to righteousness and peace in the United States
- Spend the last 5 minutes of your time reading, reflecting on, and talking to God about Psalm 33:12-2