Pray for Authorities

Do you want to live a peaceful life? Are you seeking to live quietly? Have you spent time praying for those in authority? Have you spent time petitioning God on behalf of those in leadership? Have you asked God to lead them to godliness?

As we seek to live lives that are peaceful and quiet, we often look for good jobs, nice neighborhoods, good friends, and maybe a church where we fit in. In other words, we look at external things, places, and people to provide us with the peace we seek.

The Apostle Paul tells his understudy, Timothy, to spend time in prayer. But not just any prayer. Prayer for those who are in authority and leadership. This may seem odd to us. We wonder how that would allow us to lead lives of peace and quiet. Yet, if we think about it a little while, we can see how that would affect our lives.

When we pray for our government leaders, God works in their lives. When we pray for leaders in our communities, God works in their lives. When we pray for leaders of our businesses, God works in their lives. When God works in people’s lives, they change for the better. As our leaders are changed for the better by God, our lives are changed for the better.

We may not be able to have a positive effect on our leaders directly, but we can indirectly through prayer. Prayer is power and effective (James 5:16), when we pray for God’s will to be done. Let’s all pray for those in authority and lead peaceful lives.

I pray we all spend time praying for our leaders. I pray we pray for God’s will to be done. I pray each of us will pray for our government and trust God to work out His will in all things. Spend time in prayer. Pray for authorities. Pray for leaders. Pray for God’s will to be done. Pray so that you will find peace and quiet.

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.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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