Praying for Those in Authority

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 1 Peter 2:13-14

We’re beginning to see a lot of anarchy in some of our cities. It’s well-funded, semi-organized, and often violent. They wear masks and shout down anyone who opposes them. Politicians are terrified to come against them despite their violence. It’s just the beginning now but it could get out of control soon. These people are the exact opposite of those who submit to human authorities.

It’s not necessary to go to those extremes in order to be disobedient to this verse. Complaining about authorities without praying for them is breaking the spirit of this verse. In fact, we really should be praying for city, county, state, and federal officials when we think about them. They don’t always do what’s in the best interested of the majority of their constituents. Minneapolis radio personality has a saying that’s timeless: “If we don’t stay on ’em, they’ll get it wrong.” In other words, without sufficient pressure placed on government officials, they do what’s expedient for themselves. Pray for these officials. Make their job easier. If you’re brave enough, jot them a letter and let them know you’re praying. Most will appreciate it.

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