“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
I Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV
During this time of social unrest and global crisis in our nation, why do we need to honor God’s instructions in His Word to pray for our nation’s leaders and all those in authority? This passage of scripture gives us the answer… that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. This is good in His sight because He desires all people to be saved.
During war, social unrest, disturbances, and global crisis, the Gospel of Christ is hindered. Travel is usually restricted during these times so missions and the work of The Lord is slowed around the world. Finances are sometimes held back. People who feel called to go and spread the word of Christ around the world don’t feel safe to pursue their call.
This is why we need to pray for our leaders on every level that they would have divine wisdom to navigate us through these trying times so that once again the Gospel can have free course. When the word of God is free to move around the world without restrictions, then the nations of the world can hear and believe in Jesus and the power of His cross. Then God’s desire can come to pass in a greater way concerning salvation world wide.
You may or may not like those who are in authority in our land. As believers we must pray that God helps them make wise decisions that will promote peace and unity. As believers we must look past any personal feelings regarding those in authority and pray that God’s hand of strength and guidance would prevail upon them to bring our nation to a place of peace and prosperity.
I realize that the Bible teaches us that in the last days perilous times will come. But that doesn’t take away the church’s responsibility to pray according to His Word. As we pray, May God hear from Heaven and bring healing and restoration to our land for His glory and our good.