1 Timothy 2:1-3 MSG – “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” Emphasis mine.
You know, I rarely ever see a post rallying the troops to pray for national leaders. Social media is full of trash talk, speculation and strident rallying calls against governments and government leaders. Unfortunately, many Christians veil their vehement disdain for their government under a thin cloak of piety. And yet, the Bible exhorts us to pray FOR governments. So today, I pray FOR the heads of state around the world, and I encourage you to join with me.
I pray for wisdom, I pray for favour for heads of state. I pray for godly men and women to be strategically placed around them. I pray that those advisors the enemy would try to plant in their midst would be exposed to the light. I pray for our leader’s marriages to be healthy and for their loved ones to be protected from danger. I pray for God encounters! May the leaders of our nations be confronted with the very real truth that there is a loving, caring God who values them and the nations they serve. May they have a real heart understanding that you desire to be in a close relationship with all men, even politicians and that You are available at any time if they choose to seek You for wise counsel. I put the cross between them and all that would curse them, for Jesus became a curse for all on the cross.
Lord, I ask that you would visit your people with a deep conviction of sin and the grace to repent for every slanderous, unholy and ungodly thought we have had toward those who are our national leaders. For every minute it takes us to type a negative word we write against them, may we spend double that time in a nonpartisan prayer for the nations of our world. Forgive us for passing on information we have received from others without doing our due diligence to check the facts for ourselves.
Lord, convict us of churlishness. Remind us that we are Your ambassadors and You have appointed us to represent Your kingdom in our thoughts, our words, and our actions. When we disagree with our leaders, may we first take it to You in prayer. Give us the grace, wisdom, and patience to express our disapproval in a respectful way that leaves a door open for dialogue. Forgive us for our audacity and give us the courage of the Lion of Judah to war righteously against our ultimate enemy of our souls through godly living and transparent, loving hearts.
If we are going to see our nations healed and see our governments transformed it starts with us, His people. Note the following verse that is often quoted by individuals calling their nation to repentance. However, the Bible verse calls God’s people to humble themselves and to turn from their wicked ways. This verse puts the onus squarely on our backs as those who call themselves followers of Christ.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
All bible verses, unless otherwise stated, are taken from the English Standard Version translation.