Practice and Prayer

9 The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings of the earth belong to God;
he is greatly exalted. Psalm 47:9

It’s easy to criticize leaders when they’re not doing what we think or what we elected them to do. They obviously have hundreds of people pulling from all sides hoping to get a hearing in front of these powerful people. They want to be liked and to do what is best, quite often, for them to be re-elected. They want the media to like them. They rarely, I’m afraid, want to do what is best for the people who put them into office? Why else would there be $17 trillion in debt, open borders, billions in waste, and endless regulations that hinder businesses from moving forward?

As this verse notes, “the kinds of the earth belong to God.” They are directly responsible to Him for their actions – whether they realize it or not.

We, on the other hand, have an obligation to submit to them and subsequently to pray for them. I know it’s not a fun thing to do considering all the blunders they seem to make pretty regularly, but if we’re not praying for them to make wise decisions, who is?

Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1–4, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—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 people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

While it’s not something that’s written explicitly in Scripture, “the more you disagree with policy and laws, the more you should pray for those making policy.” After all, we need the practice and they need the prayer!

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