1 Timothy 2:1-4
By: Joe Wall, Director of Equipping Partnerships, East-West Ministries Professor of Theology, Grace School of Theology
May 10, 2019
If we are going to see a wise and healthy, God-honoring direction for our nation, we need to pray for our leaders. The Scriptures are quite clear about this.
. . . I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made forall 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. 1 Timothy 2:1–4 (NKJV)
Paul directed Timothy and the Ephesian church where he was the leader, during a difficult time, to pray for, intercede for, and thank God for all men, including. . .
1. Kings (i.e. the top leaders)—our mayors, governors, and presidents;
2. And all in authority (all other leaders)—senators, representatives, and government officials. It is especially important that we pray for them, so that we can. . .
1. Live quiet and peaceful lives;
2. Be free to live in a godly and respectful way;
3. And be free to spread of the gospel to all men and to leaders.
I am regularly reminded to pray for our State leaders and national representatives by the Capitol Commission ministry, where my son serves as the Missionary to the State Leadership. Today, May 10, I will be leading the State Senate in prayer. Here is an adapted portion of my prayer for that day, and I invite you also to pray this for our leaders:
Loving Father, would You minister in a special way to the leaders of the State of Texas? Grant each one of them an awareness of Your presence, Your guidance, and Your blessing. Guide each one of them to walk with honesty and integrity. And guide them to legislate in keeping with Your righteous character and in accordance with the wisdom You provide. . . And bless them with the ability to work together as a team, committed to leading our state in a way that becomes a model for the rest of the country.
And, Father, I ask You to provide for the physical, spiritual, and financial needs of each of the families of these leaders. And please grant them the joy of experiencing a personal relationship with You and Your encouragement as they face the challenges of life.
I ask these things in the name of my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.