Praying for Kings
1TIMOTHY 2. “Praying for Kings.” “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1Tim 2:1-2) Prayer is an important and indispensable part of every Christian’s life. In fact, I believe that prayer unto God – accompanied by a ready and regular knowledge and study of God’s Word – are inseparably linked to the life of every successful Christian. In other words, if we desire to be faithful unto God; if we desire to be a good witness for Jesus Christ; if we are to ever bear much fruit in the Kingdom of God; then, we must study often, and pray unceasingly.
In our text passage, I want us to note that we are particularly encouraged (commanded) to pray “For kings, and for all that are in authority.” In our day and time, it seems that the ones in power, and the ones who rule over us have taken more authority upon themselves then their elected offices actually permit. These demagogues and tyrants have done much to take away the liberties of the American people – and they will do even more, if the American people do not resist, and if God will allow them the opportunities. As Christians in America, maybe we have gone too far – or at least diverted more of our energies then we should have – in seeking mortal relief from our predicament. Maybe we should get back to prayer? I know it may sound absurd (in the flesh), but let’s pray for the souls and the salvation of our leaders. Of course we should pray for Donald Trump – I imagine that many of you do on a daily basis. We want him to be saved, and we want the Lord to guide him in his decisions, and to give him strength in his convictions. But, today, I want you to pray for Joe Biden, that God would save his soul. Pray for Anthony Fauci, that God would break his heart, and bring him to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Pray for Nancy Pelosi – who knows the limits of God’s grace? – God saved you, He can also save the Speaker of the House!
I submit to you today, that it would be better to have as our President, and as our leaders, men who are saved and led by God – no matter the Party that they may have been affiliated with – then to have the most moral conservatives, who do not know the Lord, to be placed in authority over us. As a side, I do believe that it would be very difficult for any man or woman who is saved by God’s grace, and who is openly and daily seeking to follow God and glorify Jesus Christ; it would be very difficult (if not impossible) for such a man or woman to openly ally himself to the Democratic Party – when that Party openly condones murder in the abortion of babies. But, who knows? (God Knows!) Surely God can save some from amongst these who are placed in power over us despite their political party, or their former beliefs – he can change each of us as He sees fit! Surely, He can bring their will into submission unto His, and He could, if it were His Will, make these (formerly) wicked politicians into the bravest, the boldest, and the most fervent of His servants! Pray for those who rule over us. That their wicked agendas would be halted; that their evil desires would not be fulfilled; and, most of all, that they would be saved and converted into servants of Jesus Christ.