Prayer for All People
A reflection after the US elections.
I don’t know if you noticed, but it was the US elections last week.
Actually, I’m pretty sure you noticed. And it’s likely that you have at least a vague opinion about it all - Obama being voted in for another 4 years could have been a cause for you to mourn or to celebrate. But opinions on which man should have got the job is not what I want to focus on here. I want to encourage you with this: Keep on praying.
Our prayers are always important. If you were fervently praying leading up to the US elections, don’t stop. Whether you like the outcome or not, ask again for God’s heart. If you have never prayed for government before, then go for it! In every nation, we can make a huge difference with prayer.
The Bible makes it clear in 1 Timothy 2:1-6 that we need to pray for all people, especially our leaders:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.” (NIV)
Whether you live in the US or not, let’s keep on praying, interceding, and giving thanks for everyone, including our leaders. The amazing thing I’ve discovered about intercession is that it’s simply asking God what is on his heart for a certain situation and then agreeing with that by praying it back to him.
If you’re stuck, as a starting place, the Canadian National House of Prayer have great suggestions on how to pray for government leaders:
1. Pray that they would have a personal revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Pray that they would recognize their own need to depend on God for knowledge, wisdom and for the courage to do what is right.
3. Pray that they would reject all counsel that violates righteousness and resist all pressure to violate their own conscience.
4. Pray that they would rely upon prayer and the Word of God as their source of daily strength, wisdom and courage.
5. Pray that they would bring dignity, honour, trustworthiness and integrity to the office that they hold.
6. Pray that they would remember to be good examples in their conduct to the people of Canada [or whichever nation you live in] who look to them for leadership.
7. Pray that they would be reminded daily that they are accountable to Almighty God for the decisions that they make.
I have a ‘365 new words a year’ calendar, and aptly for November 6th they’d chosen the word ‘Laodicean’, meaning “Lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics”. This word comes directly from the half-heartedness of the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3:15-16. Now that’s a bit of a challenge! God is calling us to be a passionate people; sons and daughters fervently devoted to our First Love, devoted to knowing his love for ourselves, and devoted to loving others in the same way.
One way we can be devoted to loving others is by praying for them. This World so desperately needs God’s love, and every day we can make a difference.
So which people can you pray for today?