1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
Here in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Apostle Paul focuses on matters relating to the Church—His people, more broadly. The first matter Paul brings up: prayer. Prayer is extremely important for this to be the very first matter brought up by Paul in this passage.
Paul encourages the Church to pray for kings and others in high authority so that they, along with the Church and the others in the land, might lead to peaceful, quiet, godly, and dignified lives. Praying for our national leaders has become a lost priority for the church today, especially for our national leaders. We sometimes choose to slander them more than pray for them. Sometimes we either selectively choose to only pray for those national leaders in Government who represent our favorite political party and despise the other, or we just don’t pray at all because we rather debate and embrace divisiveness spit out from either political party and news outlets that feed our cravings.
However, this is the opposite of what Paul instructs us to do. We MUST pray for the President, Congress, and Senators because prayer is an instrument God graciously will use to compel national leaders in the United States to lead peaceful, quiet, godly, and dignified lives. And we all know this is a revival the United States deeply needs through Jesus Christ.
We must choose to pray for national leaders before gossiping about them as terrible leaders. Yes, to a degree this is very true, but our job in the Church is to pray our national leaders to end up having a heart change. This is hard to say and practice, but it’s needed. Imagine if we–the Church did this, together? It’s possible. It’s needed.
Remember, we beat to a different drum. We pray for those leaders of the Democratic party who are okay with abortion and those leaders of the Republican Party who are racist/xenophobic toward Immigrants and Migrants. We pray for all leaders.
Are you praying for all national leaders? What are some ways you can pray for national leaders during the day?
By Rondell Treviño, Founder/Director