Praying for America’s leaders

From May 4th, 2017 Posting

Pray The Vote

The “why” and “how” to pray fo God’s favor

By Diann Noles

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Paul wrote these verses to his protégé, Timothy, to instruct him in the leadership of the church in Ephesus. At that critical time, Christianity was rapidly growing in the Roman Empire, but was also seeing the beginning of persecution which would soon escalate under Nero’s rule. In this context, why would Paul counsel Timothy to pray for “kings and all those in authority?”[MORE]

Why should you pray for your leaders?

First, you are commanded to pray. Praying for your leaders takes your focus off your own wants and desires, and through focused, persistent prayer, places their needs before the Almighty, allowing you to lead peaceful and joyful lives.

Second, if your leaders do not know the Lord, 1 Timothy 2:4 says that praying for them pleases God, because God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Your prayers for your leaders can ultimately lead them into the Kingdom of God.

Finally, Proverbs 21:1 assures you that your focused, persistent prayer can change the course your leaders are on: “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” The intercession of God’s people can be powerful and transforming. As Charles Spurgeon said, “Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the omnipotent muscle of God.”

So… How, and what do you pray?

Pray for the salvation of your leaders.

God’s desire is that as many people as possible be saved before Jesus returns. Acts 17:30 states: “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” You must pray persistently that they open their hearts to the truth, and seek God.

Thankfully, there are many in the Trump Administration and Congress today who are Christians, but they still need your prayers to remain steadfast and faithful.

Pray for the health and safety of your leaders.

In these times of violent opposition, you must pray for the safety of your leaders, that they will not become the victims of radical opponents who seek their demise. Just as King Darius asked God’s people in Jerusalem to “pray for the life of the king and his sons” (Ezra 6:10), so you must pray for those in authority over you. This is especially important in a society where unhealthy lifestyles are common.

Pray for wisdom and diplomacy for your leaders.

America’s leaders need wisdom and diplomacy today more than ever before in recent history. With today’s polarized political system, along with threats from foreign nations, America’s leaders must be “…wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

President Trump has already shown wisdom with those he has chosen for the nation’s most important positions. However, they – as well as members of Congress – face huge obstacles daily for which you must pray so that they seek wisdom and wise counsel. James 1:5 reminds you that if anyone lacks wisdom, “…let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

Pray for integrity in your leaders.

Integrity is vital to leadership. In recent years, greed and sexual immorality have played a part in the downfall of several former congressmen, cabinet members, and has even stained the reputation of a former president. America’s leaders need the prayers of the faithful to keep them accountable for their actions, both public and private.

Integrity (or lack thereof) in your leaders can also be demonstrated through their language, both verbal and non-verbal. This is especially important for those leaders who claim a relationship with Christ. James 1:26 has this reminder: “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”

Pray for the welfare of your nation.

Finally, as ambassador of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) you are called to “…seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

As you remember the National Day of Prayer, please pray:

  • For President Trump to draw close to the Lord and seek His wisdom (Proverbs 3:5-6).
  • For President Trump’s cabinet members and advisers to give godly advice.
  • For America’s leaders to govern with integrity

Diann Noles is a former editor and writer for Christian publications in Tucson, AZ and Portland, OR. She served as Public Relations Director for a major Christian non-profit organization. She and her husband Bill live in Albany, OR and have two sons and five grandchildren.