I Timothy 2:1-6 “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 Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
A few weeks ago, President Trump appeared at the McClean Bible Church with little notice during a Sunday service and asked for prayer. Pastor David Platt met that request, and was attacked from both sides. One side proclaimed that the President doesn’t deserve our prayer. The other side claimed that the pastor’s explanation of his actions was an apology for praying for our President. The former is not Biblical and the latter is not true.
Prayer for our leaders is not a political act, it is a practical and a theological act. It is an act of faith. It is an act that is good and acceptable in the sight of the Lord. It is an act that can foster our ability to lead quiet and peaceable lives. It is an act that we do because we love our country and our Lord. It is an act that we do because we want our nation to succeed and not fail.
We were wrong if we didn’t pray for President Obama. We are wrong if we don’t pray for President Trump.
We were wrong if we didn’t pray for the 115thCongress with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, and we are wrong if we don’t pray for the 116thCongress with a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
We were wrong if we didn’t pray for a Supreme Court that included Justice Kennedy, and we are wrong if we don’t pray for a Supreme Court that includes Justice Kavanaugh.
We are wrong if we don’t pray for our leaders at the Federal, State and Local levels, regardless of their political affiliation. We don’t do so for them, we do so for us. We do so for the Lord. We do so because, as Pastor Platt stated, “we need Your wisdom in our country.”
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO PRAY DAILY AND FERVENTLY FOR OUR LEADERS AT ALL LEVELS. We need His wisdom in our country, and are wrong if we don’t seek it through prayer.