President’s Day Thoughts:
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 The Message
Scripture tells us to pray for everyone and especially those in authority. Doesn’t say pray if you like who is in office, and it doesn’t say to pray for just those you like being around. It says pray for everyone you know. No matter what political view points we have, God tells us to pray. We are to seek him, seek his guidance and help. No person can see the whole big picture like God can, so it is imperative we pray. God hears us when we pray, he acts on our prayers in accordance with His will.
We also must remember, God appoints leaders, God has everything under his control. World events are under His control. He removes kings and sets others on their thrones. He gives wise men their wisdom and scholars their intelligence. Daniel 2:37 TLB
I don’t know about you, but when I have been in places of leadership their comes times when tough decisions have to be made and guidance is a huge blessing. We need to be covering all those in leadership, from small town mayors, school boards, on up to governors, senators, presidents and all world leaders. The decisions they make have an impact on the daily life of many. They need us covering them in prayer asking God to open their hearts to his plans and for him to guide them according to his will. God is Sovereign and knows best, we need to seek that kind of counsel, placing our hope in God alone!
Sometimes we see nothing but negative about what is going on in the world. I love these words from Jesus, “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.” Matthew 24:6 NASB We hear everyday about turmoil happening all around the world. The leaders need our prayers to make decisions. They are desperately in need of God’s counsel. May we take a new ear to things we hear. When we hear of problems the media presents, instead of worrying, look to Jesus in faith, not fear. With eyes fixed on Jesus pray over all leaders and the people God has placed in our life.
Leaders in government positions face all kinds of pressures and temptations. They need prayer! Just as we need prayer over our areas of weakness, they do too. After all, they are human, just like everyone else. Praying for them to have a heart for the ways of G0d, praying for them to be protected from the snares of this world are so important, praying they would govern in a manner to serve God’s kingdom. Pray for them to have wisdom from God and act upon that wisdom.
You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I am challenging that, I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best– the sun to warm and the rain to nourish–to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and the nasty. Matthew 5:43-46 The Message
It is very difficult to love others and pray for them when we have unsettled matters, opinions and fears. Some have taken those in leadership to be there enemies, this is not God’s way. God clearly states we are to pray for our enemies, there are countless examples of this in Scripture. So no matter your position on politics or the ways others should do things, we all need to be in prayer for God to cleanse our hearts, help us love our neighbors, and pray for all those in places of authority and leadership. Life is challenging, prayer brings help and solutions.
May our hearts be enlightened with wisdom, knowledge and discernment from our all powerful and sovereign God, lifting those God has placed in our life up in prayer, especially those in leadership positions.