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Election Year - Praying for Nations & Leaders

Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-3

As Christ followers, our position is always prayer first and seek God for instructions. This is not limited to our personal request, but our prayers should extend into the needs of our nations. We are instructed to pray for our leaders. The most simplistic definition of a leader is: the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.

  • Chief

  • Head

  • Principal

  • Boss

  • Captain

  • Pastors

  • Commander

  • Government Officials

  • President

  • Premier

  • Prime Minister

The importance of praying for our leaders is more than simply because the Bible says so. We pray for them because we understand that the conditions we live in are affected by our leaders. They have the position to make decision that impact our families, our churches, our workplaces, our cities, and our countries. Due to this makes praying for them make practical sense. The Bible contains many commands to pray for our leaders:

  • Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1–4, “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, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

  • God told the Israelites in exile to pray for Babylon: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7). 

  • Romans 13:1 says, “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.”

  • Paul requested prayer “for all the Lord’s people” and for himself that he would speak the gospel boldly (Ephesians 2:18–20).

Live Peaceful and Quiet Lives

When those in authority are obeying the will of God, it is easier to “live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2). When evil men are in authority, our prayers for them are just as needed, as illustrated by William Tyndale’s last words as he was being burned at the stake: “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.” We not only pray for them for our benefit, but consider that leadership can be a tiring task. Leaders carry a degree of responsibility and are often targets of criticism and the person people look to for answers in times of crisis. It is a heavy mantle to carry. Additionally, they can be open to spiritual assaults when we do not intercede for them to be surrounded by godly and wise counsel, and angels to protect them from the principalities, powers, and evil forces in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).

Consider those leaders who are continuing to perseverance and endure in the midst of adversity. If they are leading well, they are living a life of service. We pray for them because we recognize the greatness of their task and we grateful for their willingness to lead. James 3:1 says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

So how should we pray for our leaders?

  • First, if we are uncertain that they know Jesus, we should pray for their salvation. But whether or not our leaders are Christians, we should pray that God will guide them as they guide us.

  • We should pray that they be wise and discerning and surrounded by helpful advisers.

  • We know that God has placed our leaders in authority over us (Romans 13:1), and we can ask Him to use them as He will.

  • We should also pray for their protection.

  • When praying for pastors or ministry leaders, we can pray for them to have strength in the midst of spiritual warfare and to remain encouraged in the Lord.

  • We can pray for their families, who often feel scrutinized and bear an extra load.

Pray and Vote

2020 is an election year, not only for the USA, but also in other countries. I believe in exercising our right to vote and it is something that we should do because it is available for us to do. With that being said, too often we take leadership at face value, without taking what has been presented to us before God in prayer and fasting for how to cast our vote. As believers, we understand that we are in this world, but not of it, and our service is to the Kingdom of Heaven and aligning with the divine will of God for the affairs of earth. Therefore, seek the Lord and vote as led.

TODAY: We lift up and mention our leaders before God in prayer. We pray for Him to have His way in their hearts, to support those around them, and to use their leadership to benefit those in their areas of influence.

Until next time,

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