Pray for our government
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
When was the last time you prayed for our government as a whole or individuals who serve in government? Maybe you pray for our government daily. Or maybe it has been a really long time. Or maybe you have never prayed for our government. Well, today is a great day to start. In case you haven’t noticed, our government as a whole, is not following God. Although, there are a few members of Congress who do have a relationship with the Lord and demonstrate it by what they say and do. For example, Thomas Massie, Justin Amash, and Rand Paul are all men who follow Christ and live out their faith as public servants.
We suggest that all of our representatives need to be kicked out, because none of them do any good. While many of our representatives have forgotten what made our nation great, we still have a small minority of officials who do remain loyal to their oath to uphold the Constitution. Why are we not spending less of our time complaining and more of our time in support of those officials? And for those who have forgotten their oath, maybe we should be reaching out to them and sharing what God has placed upon our hearts.
Scripture makes it clear that we are to pray for, petition, and thank those who are in authority. Notice that God didn’t tell us to just say a lukewarm prayer and then move on. Maybe one of the reasons our government has become so corrupt is because we don’t pray fervently on their behalf, petition them when necessary, and thank them when we should. It is safe to say we don’t pay enough attention to our government. Yet, we should, because doing so leads to a quiet and peaceful life.
Prayer demands action
We know that praying for the needy is important. When someone needs something like shelter, we pray for them. However, we don’t stop there. We offer a place for them to stay or we find someone else who will take them in. “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” James 2:15-17
However, when it comes to politics, many times we say we will pray for our government, but then we stop there. We tell those in public service to “go in peace, be warmed and be filled”. We say that we pray for government, but we don’t really support the candidates that are actually doing good and we don’t reach out in love to those who are doing wrong. Did you know that you can contact members of congress at any time? You may not always be able to speak with a member of congress directly, but they will respond sometimes. And even if you are only able to speak with a member of staff, you can still have your voice heard and get valuable feedback. Sometimes you will get frustrated, but if that happens, be encouraged and press on.
It seems that at some point we got frustrated with our elected officials, to the degree that we no longer feel the need to reach out to them. We sound spiritual when we say we pray for them, but we don’t act. We have stopped voting because we say it doesn’t do any good. We have stopped contacting our representatives, because we say they will never change. We have stopped participating in town hall meetings, because we say no one will listen to us. We have decided that ignoring the problem makes us feel better, so we have given up.
God’s Word tells us to never give up. So pray for, petition, and thank those who represent you. Go to your Heavenly Father in fervent prayer so that He will hear us and heal us. “And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14