|Praying for our Leaders|
1 Timothy 2: 1-7 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Gleaning from Pastor Jerry’s Sermon as he read from the letter Paul sent to the young minister Timothy.
Paul urged Timothy to pray for everyone, family, friends, leaders and all in authority which meant to include their enemies of that day.
The Romans hailed Caesar as a God and called him Lord. We know Jesus is Lord and there is no other before Him. The fact remains that God wants all men to be saved.
When we attend a ball game, whether the Giants, or little league, we pray that our team will win. We want to win with no thought for those who will be the losers for that game.
We go to the polls to vote and pray that our candidates will win, when perhaps we should pray that God’s will be done.
We may not agree with those in Government positions, but the teaching here is to pray for them to experience level heads, wisdom and mercy in their decisions.
It is easier to pray against our enemies. The Old Testament prophets wanted their enemies to suffer and be defeated.
We can get so mixed up in our attitudes, especially when we view the reports of recent mass shootings and murder.
The terrorists are convinced that they are doing a good work, so how should we pray for them?