The Shepherd's Heart: Remember to pray for our leaders
"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." (I Timothy 2:1-3).
We all watched on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, as the 44th President of the United States took the oath of office. During that day, according to published reports, President Obama bowed his head in prayer -- publically -- at least a dozen times.
As noted above, the Bible calls for believers to pray for those who are in authority. I agree that we have that responsibility, and not just for those in the national spotlight. We should seek God concerning local and state officials as well. But what, you may ask, would such prayer sound like?
While I do not presume to tell anyone how to pray, I would like to offer a few suggestions as to how we might pray for our leaders.
First and foremost, believers should pray that are leaders may be saved if they are not. And we should pray that our new leaders, and especially President Obama, would acknowledge, honor, and praise God who is the sovereign ruler of heaven and earth.
We should pray that they rule by example, and that the example they show forth is one of integrity, and that they grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. We should pray that they be filled with and walk in the Spirit of God.
We should pray that our leaders, and not just those in Washington, D.C., have the freedom to boldly share the Word and to act according to the Word and we should pray that they govern by the grace of God given to them.
We should pray that they might have a strong knowledge of the Word of God and that they might properly apply it to the work they do that they will also be humble enough to seek wise counsel.
We should pray that though they may face trials, that those trials might cause their faith to produce patience and maturity, and that God might richly prosper the work they do in the offices they have been granted.
We should pray that our leaders would humbly submit themselves to God while continually affirming the mercy and grace of God.
And finally, we must pray that God's will be done in their lives and ours.
Let's not make the mistake of forgetting to pray for our leaders.
Like all of us, they need all the help they can get.