Praying For the Authorities
“I urge, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
What is the most important and effective way for us to be active in our political process?
We all just voted. I was told over and over by Facebook and famous people and texts…endless texts that voting was the most important thing I could do. Is it?
I don’t think so.
God is the one who gives the government its authority. God is also the one who changes hearts. He can do even more.
Let’s say you were an employee at a large company. Even though you weren’t very high up in the company, you were good friends with the owner of the company. Now, let’s say the company put out a survey to its employees about certain things they would considering doing at the company and you had some strong opinions about what should be done.
Would you just fill out the survey or would you go talk to your good friend the owner who really has the final say on all things?
Let Your Voice Be Heard?
That’s another phrase I heard a lot leading up to the election. Do I really want my voice to be heard?
I know people I consider good, Christian people who voted for Trump, and I know people I consider good, Christian people who voted for Biden. The truth is, our wisdom isn’t always so wise. Even if we were very wise, we have very limited vision. We can’t see into people’s hearts nor can we see into the future. God can, though.
Rather than wanting my voice to be heard, I want God’s voice to be heard.
Let’s be humble and realize that we don’t always know what’s best, but God does. Sometimes, God gave Israel a judge or King to be good, God-fearing rulers. Sometimes, God let bad kings rule. Sometimes, God even let Israel be oppressed. It was all for their good, to draw them to God and away from idols and sin.
Thy Will Be Done
Let’s trust the Lord to do what’s best. Maybe our country needs a good and faithful leader to show people Christ. Maybe the people of our country deserve a poor leader and suffering to turn to God. Maybe a comfortable and complacent church needs to be shaken up a bit. God knows best.
We aren’t Israel. The United States isn’t God’s chosen people. So, we need to be a little careful in our Israel comparisons, but God is still sovereign and good. We can trust Him with our government, whether we have a faithful leader, bad leader, or need to endure suffering.
Our Hope Is In Jesus
Our hope is not in men or women. It’s not in presidents or judges. Our hope is in the Lord. Let’s turn to Him in prayer and thanksgiving. Let’s trust Him with our lives, including our politics. He will never fail us. He will not be defeated.
Let’s Let Our Voices Be Heard!
Not at the ballots, but our homes, neighborhoods and communities. Not about which political party is best, but about Jesus Christ who gives new life and changes hearts. Let’s let our voices be heard by God in prayer for our leaders, our country, and our people.
You tell us to come to You in prayer for our leaders. I come to You for our country and it’s people.
(Take a few minutes to pray for our newly elected officials, our country, our community, and our church.)
In Christ’s Service,