Sep 10 2013

Let's Pray for Our Leaders

Like it or not, politics are a part of the fabric of our society, they can unfortunately lead to some unfriendly banter between family members and the best of friends.  And while it’s certainly OK to disagree on policies, parties and politicians, the one thing that we are all commanded to do as Christians is to “pray for our leaders” regardless of party or persuasion.

In 1 Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul writes, “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 it 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.” 

Paul doesn’t say pray, “if you love your kings or leaders”, or “if the kings or leaders are from the same political party”, he says, “pray for ALL who are in high positions.”  Paul goes on to say that is the way we “lead a peaceful and quiet life, Godly and dignified in every way.” 

Tonight President Obama will address the country about the situation in Syria, tomorrow our leaders will vote on what action to take. Our nation is at a crossroads, and I imagine that our prayers are coveted by the men and women that are making decisions that will affect all of us.  Let us then follow Paul’s advice to Timothy, and “PRAY for ALL who are in high positions.” 

Learn more about praying for our leaders from The Billy Graham Association here: