"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession 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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:1-4
I know you've seen the commercials on television. You know, the political commercials. It's November, and November means election time. Many men and women hold political offices in our districts, our states, and our country, and some of them have held those positions for quite some time. They represent the people. Many other men and women are pursuing political offices for the first time. Whether you like politics or not, it is part of our livelihood. And whether you agree with this politician or that politician, they all could use our prayers. God's Word tells us that we should pray for everyone, including our government leaders. However, if we are honest with ourselves, the truth is we talk about them negatively more than we pray for them. We do it in our homes. We do it in the restaurants. We do it in the convenience stores. And sadly, we do it in the churches. Now don't get me wrong, I do believe we should voice our opinions and concerns. I do believe all government leaders should be held accountable for their choices and their actions. However, I believe as Christ followers, we should do this with respect and integrity. And most importantly, I believe we should pray about the choices and actions we make. I believe we should pray for the Holy Spirit to lead our political leaders in the choices and actions they make. And just as important, I believe we should get out there and vote! Voting is one way and probably the most important way we can voice our opinion and our concern for our districts, our states, and our country. I don't believe we our going to change our government by standing around at the convenience stores and restaurants degrading men and women serving in these offices. I believe God is the only One who can truly change our government, and that happens through honest and heartfelt prayer. And before I ask God to lead others in change, I need to ask God to lead me in change. Like Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, I urge you, brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray for everyone. Pray for our leaders.