Here’s a great blog from a good friend of ours who writes today on the UniteCanada 24-7-365: 2010 website.
Pray for those in Authority – by Glenda Schwarz
1 Timothy 2:1 & 2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
Canada is a democratic society. We vote in our government leaders and we vote them out. This gives us the impression that we can vote out any leader that we want to, including our pastors and Spiritual leaders as well as our secular and domestic leaders. What we often don’t realize is that the Kingdom of God is not a democracy. According to Rom. 13:1 “For there is no authority except from God and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” God also says in His Word that “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, He turns it wherever He wishes.”
It’s really easy to pray and give thanks for those in authority that we like or respect, whose opinions we agree with but our challenge comes with praying and giving thanks for those who exhibit their human frailties all too readily. How often do we take our prayer time for our leaders and begin to blast out their shortcomings to God, speaking the “truth” in “love”? James 4:1 says “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren.” This is not merely avoiding slander but also speaking out a true statement which runs down another. This Scripture applies to our speech, even in the prayer closet.
If we are to take the Word of God as divinely inspired and true then we must pray for those in authority and give thanks for them, regardless of their failings and frailties. Imagine removing the murmuring and complaining from our prayers where we speak negative prayers (curses) over our leaders and, instead, begin to give thanks for them. I can pray for my pastor like this: “Thank You Lord, for my pastor! I thank You that You are filling him/her with greater revelation and increased anointing to preach the Word! I thank You for protecting his/her marriage. I thank You for Your righteousness being poured out upon my pastor!” etc, etc. Or praying for our Prime Minister: “Thank You Lord for Stephen Harper. Thank You that You are imparting Your divine wisdom into him as he fulfills the role that You have placed him in. Thank You for increased righteousness in his life. Thank You for a healthy marriage and family life. Protect & bless him in his going out and his coming in. Thank You for directing his path and turning his heart the direction You want it to go.” You get the picture!
This verse in Timothy comes along with a promise. As we pray and give thanks for all men and those in authority God promises a “quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” I don’t know about you but that sounds like a pretty good reason to me to pray and give thanks for those in authority over me!