“Pray for…all who have authority.” 1Ti 2:2 NCV
The Bible says: “Righteousness exalts a nation” (Pr 14:34 NASB). In the Old Testament Abraham interceded with God on behalf of Sodom (See Ge18:22-33). Moses stood between God and Israel, and saved it from destruction (See Ex 32:11-14). When Achan sinned, Joshua pled the people’s case before God (See Jos 7:6-9). We live in an era of dwindling regard for authority, and it’s easy to add your voice to the chorus of naysayers. Even if you didn’t vote for those who are in power, the Bible says: “Pray for rulers and…all who have authority.” Why? Because it “pleases God;” it’s that simple! Ask Him to give our leaders three things: (1) Humility. “Humility comes before honor” (Pr 15:33 NIV). Jesus, the greatest leader of all time, “gave up his divine privileges [and]…took the humble position of a slave” (Php 2:7 NLT). Servant-leadership is the epitome of strength; it means acknowledging our limitations and looking to God for insight and guidance. (2) Wisdom. Solomon said: “[The] fear of the Lord [precedes] Wisdom” (Pr 15:33 AMP), and James adds: “If you need wisdom, ask…God, and he will give it to you” (Jas 1:5 NLT). Instead of praying only for the advancement of your own political agenda, ask God to give our leaders what they need to exercise sound judgment and make wise decisions. (3) Courage. David said: “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart” (Ps 27:14 NKJV). In the face of global terrorism, war, financial upheaval and a climate of fear, pray that God will give our leaders the strength of character to do what’s right, instead of what’s popular.
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