With so much at stake in the world and in our nation, it is essential to pray for our leadership so that God will keep His hand of blessing on us.
WHY PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS
God wants a righteous nation.
• Psalm 33:12 – “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; the people He chose for His inheritance.”
Believers should submit to those who have authority, because God ordained leadership.
• Romans 13:1 – “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
• Hebrews 13:17 – “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
• 1 Peter 2:13-14 – “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men; whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”
We are told to pray for our leaders so it will go well with us.
• 1 Timothy 2:1-2 – “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.”
God tells us our prayers will be effective.
• James 5:16-18 – “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
WHAT TO PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS: RIGHTEOUSNESS
We definitely don’t want the scenario Job describes.
• Job 12:20-24 – “He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders. He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty. He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light. He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them. He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he sends them wandering through a trackless waste.”
We want our leaders to have pure motives.
• Daniel 6:4 – “At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of governmental affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.”
We want our leaders to do right and have compassion.
• Micah 6:8 – “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
We want our leaders to live by God’s Word.
• Joshua 1:8 – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful