Read 1 Timothy 2:1-8
Soon, Americans will take to the polls and vote in a new president. It’s the right of all citizens to take part in the process. Whether your candidate is selected or not, there is one response that all believers should make. We are called to pray for our government leaders.
This kind of praying is so important that Paul made sure to include it in this first letter to Timothy. In fact, he . . .
- Included it as part of what Timothy was to implement in the church at Ephesus to which he had been sent (1:3).
- Considered it to be essential church conduct (3:14, 15).
- Gave priority to it by saying, “First of all…” (2:1).
- Suggested that it should especially be a response of godly men (2:8).
And so we pray . . . “for kings and all those in authority” (2:2). After all, they need wisdom to lead.
We pray for their salvation and for the salvation of our fellow citizens. After all, God “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (2:4).
We pray as godly people who have rid ourselves of any anger or quarreling (2:8). After all, any angry argumentative spirit within us does not achieve the righteousness of God. (See Js. 1:20.)
We pray in order that we might experience peace (2:2). After all, we can rest when we surrender our government, its leaders, and our nation to God.
That kind of prayer for government leaders is to characterize those who make up God’s church. So, pause now . . . and pray.