I Timothy 2:1-4 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
Thus far during my PLUS posts, I haven’t specifically written about the need for American Christians to pray for our leaders. I haven’t neglected the subject for any particular reason, and from the outset of the PLUS ministry have included those in authority as a regular part of my prayers for our nation. Yet, in the midst of my transfer to a military position in Washington DC I am increasingly mindful of the need to do so.
The next several posts will include several reasons, with interspersed historical examples, why we must pray for our leaders. In reality, one does not need to go beyond I Timothy 2. In these few verses, the Lord highlights the need to pray for leaders as an important part of our responsibility to pray for all men. Doing so is “good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” While the posts in the weeks to follow will amplify the importance of doing so, this reason should be good enough for all of us.
PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL IN AUTHORITY, STARTING WITH THOSE HOLDING THE HIGHEST POSITIONS IN THIS LAND. God would have “all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” God’s truth in the hearts of leaders throughout our nation is exactly what this land needs to correct from its errant course.