1 Timothy 2:1-6
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. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
Written by: Robert Watson
It is really easy to complain about the government. As I write this, I am sitting in another country where there has been incredible corruption for as long as the people can remember. Last month I was in a country in the middle of elections and the media was full of accusations, smear campaigns, and everyone was on edge with opinions. As we gear up for an upcoming election year, I guarantee you there will be countless conversations, the majority of which will be in the realm of complaining.
Paul gives us a first and foremost instruction when it comes to government, and it isn’t complaining. It is prayer. Pray every kind of prayer including petitions (asking for things), intercession (praying on behalf of others), and thanksgiving (showing gratitude). The ultimate goal of these prayers is for those who are lost to meet, know, and follow Jesus (see verse 4).
Government is not the hope of the world. Jesus is the hope of the world, and He alone holds the power of eternal life and death. So let’s pray that our government would be stable, that our leaders would have the wisdom to know the right things to do and have the courage to do them, and that the people would submit to those in authority so that we may pursue holiness and share the love of Jesus in our communities in “peace and quiet” (to quote Paul’s words above).
So here is the challenge for this coming election year: Pray.
Consider committing to one of the following or create your own challenge:
- Pray for those in government more than you talk about those in government.
- Whenever you see an ad campaign (especially a negative one) let that be a trigger to remind you to pray.
- Thank God for those who have done well in leadership and pray God’s continued blessing.
- Pray for a specific individual in government and write them a note to let them know you are praying for them.
- Pray for a specific person in authority to meet Jesus this next year and to experience transformation that can only come from Him.