Prayers for Leaders
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV) -- 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.
Do you pray for the leaders of our country? When was the last time you prayed for your local mayor or state governor, or the President of the United States? Most Christians struggle to pray for these people for a few different reasons. First, because we don’t know them. We may know about them, but we rarely have personal connections to them. Second, because we may not agree with their politics. It is easier to pray for people you like than it is for those you don’t like. Third, we may have a lurking doubt as to whether our prayers can actually bring about any change.
But our passage today reminds us of the importance of praying for these individuals. We read Paul tell Timothy, “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.”
Paul urges that prayers be made for leaders. Supplications and intercessions are specific prayers for them, not just generic prayers of good favor. Specific prayers for kings and people in high positions are to be offered. Why? Paul says so that we can lead a peaceful and quiet life. As leaders govern well, it brings peace and stability in a society. We should desire that. Having government officials that lead in such a way that individuals are able to live godly and dignified lives in their communities is a blessing. We should seek God for that blessing.
When you consider the condition of our world today, the importance of this passage should be amplified. Our leaders need wisdom, courage, and virtuous morals. The lack of these things breeds a contentious society that makes godly living difficult, and in many cases, repulsive to people.
Christians need to develop the habit of praying for leaders that are in positions of power and authority. Ask the LORD to turn their hearts toward justice, order, and virtue. Only then will we experience peace in our communities.
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Reflection & Journal:
- Why does Paul exhort believers to pray for leaders?
- What are some examples of leaders who we should pray for today?
- How does this passage instruct us about the power and importance of prayer?
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