and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings
and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and
quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
1Timothy 2:1-2, NIV
The application of this passage is direct and clear. We are called to pray for those in leadership of our nation. Such a command may beg a few questions. For example:
1) Which political leaders should you pray for? Pray for the leaders you agree with and you voted for. Pray for the leaders you do not like, do not agree with and would never vote for. The biblical command to pray for those in authority makes no distinction. 2) In America, there is supposed to be a separation of church and state; and, would that make prayer and a believer’s involvement in politics inappropriate?
In the Bible, I find no area of life, private or public, that is out of bounds for prayer. The First Amendment was originally designed to limit the government’s intrusion unto the church, not to limit the church’s or people of faith’s involvement in government. For instance, the Continental Congress, September 11, 1777, voted to purchase 20,000 Bibles to make available to the American people. Thomas Jefferson, our third President and the framer of the Declaration of Independence, requested $100 of Federal monies to provide a salary for a Missionary to the Kaskaskia Indians. Our sixth President and son of the second President, John Quincy Adams, stated… “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
Believer, I would encourage you not only to pray for America but be actively involved in making your voice heard.
QUESTION: How can I pray for my local, state, and national leaders in a way to honor the actions and intent of the Founding Fathers? What can I do to help our nation to truly become “a nation who’s God is the Lord?” (Psalm 33:12)