I prayed for our country and the leaders today.
I don’t like some of our leaders. I don’t like some of their programs, I don’t like what’s going on, I don’t like politics . It’s leadership that I like.
But as I prayed, I struggled a little bit and was not sure exactly what to pray for or who to pray for. In my head, why pray for people you don’t like and bless them when you’re not on the same page with them, right? It was always easy to just leave them alone, bash them and criticize them all the time. The more the merrier, the harsher the better.
But God, instilled in my heart that I should pray just the same. This is not to say that I agree with them. Timothy even said this:
“1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” -1 Timothy 2:1-3
Then, as I prayed, I realized that although the government has been (and relatively successful) in trying to shoo God away, it was not really up to them. It may seem like they have the power to downplay God’s role in everything but it really doesn’t change the fact that God is still in control. Just because they say there is no God doesn’t mean there really is no God. Nah ah.
Picture it this way, God as a salesman making door to door selling. You may slam the door in his face so many times and hard, but that doesn’t mean he will stop being a salesman. Your slamming of the door doesn’t have to do with anything, you simply rejected him but he might come back again one day with the same skills, same persuasion and still a salesman.
So, praying for leaders is a two-fold mission:
First, we pray in obedience to His commandments. We show our obedience and it brings forth a change in us-our perspective, attitude, and we display compassion, too. That sets believers apart. While we criticize the government for their inability to perform so to speak, God also wants us to conduct ourselves in a fashion reflective of Him, not giving them reason to justify their action against believers. We are His ambassadors, remember?
Second, praying most of the time is all about God. Sure we pray for the leaders and we ask for wisdom for them, etc. but when we pray for people we don’t like, we allow God to manifest himself, reinforcing His position as God. The One in control. The One who won’t go away. The Sovereign God.
It’s not about us, not about them, it is all about God.
I know some people may not agree, but when God says pray for the leaders-believers obey and pray then leave the rest to God. I don’t know what God will do in response to my prayers, that is beyond me. But Timothy dropped a hint : that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Have a wonderful day, everyone.
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