Today we turn our attention to prayer for our nation and our leaders. Given the events that have transpired in recent days, the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 are especially appropriate. Paul says:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good and is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:1-4).”
We are urged in this passage to pray a variety of prayers for all people and then Paul specifically mentions kings and those who are in authority as special objects of prayer. This command is remarkable when you consider that when Paul wrote this, the emperor of Rome was Nero, a violent persecutor of Christians. Paul urged the church to pray for him. We too must pray for our national, state and local leaders.
The reason stated is so that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This does not mean that we pray for an easy, comfortable life free from all stress. Rather, it is prayer for peaceful conditions in which Christians can live exemplary lives which will fuel the spread of the gospel. The goal is so that many would be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. To pray this way is “good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.”
No matter what is transpiring in our nation, let us remember that our God is alive, powerful and good. While we do not know what the future holds, we do know the One who holds the future—and He invites us to pray to Him, for our leaders and for peace. He is pleased when we do so. Let’s take some time to do that today.