Pray for Your Leaders!
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for KINGS AND ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Remember this when it comes to our presidents! Whether you like them or not, God has made it a requirement for us to both pray, and to respect them.
Anger Turns to Bitterness
We have become an angry and bitter generation who despises those leaders who do not hold the same values and beliefs we do. We justify our hatred and disrespect by convincing ourselves that the leader doesn’t have our best interests in mind. Christians have been guilty of this as well as non Christians. I’m uncertain as to when we began to believe that God no longer minds if we speak ill of our leaders. King David was careful to never lift a hand against Saul, nor speak evil of “the Lord’s anointed”, even when Saul’s heart was set on killing David. Above all men, David would have had the right to hate Saul, because David was truly innocent of the guilt that Saul was accusing him of. Yet David refused to sin against God by lifting his hand to harm Saul or by slandering him. Because of this, David continued to gain favor with God.
Bringing Back Respect
It’s time we repent of our disrespect that has turned our hearts bitter. We need to seek God’s face for our leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, no matter who our president may be. God doesn’t give us the right to slander. He commands us to pray! This applies not only to our world leaders, but also to our bosses, the local law enforcement, and of course our pastors. We should also be instilling these same values and principles into our children. When there is a conflict with authority in our child’s life, we often times we side with our child over the authority that is pointing out the wrong in their life. As if somehow our child is more adapt at understanding the difference between right and wrong than an adult who has years of experience. This is devastating the respect that our children have for authority! Remember this, if you want your child to keep a job, stay out of jail, and maybe one day be in a ministry, teach them to respect authority. This respect starts with you!