As the U.S. enters the 2016 presidential election season I wanted to bring our minds back to God’s will and encourage my brethren everywhere, not just in the U.S. to pray for our leaders as those appointed by God.
Praying for our leaders takes wisdom and discernment. But how can we pray for our leaders if we get swept into the polarizing and vitriolic landscape that typifies politics today? Likewise, how can we pray for our leaders if we react to this landscape by sinking into an apathetic non-engagement mentality that holds so many Christians who are disillusioned by our corrupt political system? Let me encourage you to avoid these snares altogether by being rooted and grounded in love according to the knowledge of God and praying earnestly for your leaders.
Remember God’s way according to His word:
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. ~Romans 13:1
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 peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. ~1 Timothy 2:1-2
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men- as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. ~1 Peter 2:13-17
I thought it would be beneficial to add videos from interviews and speeches of our President and upcoming presidential candidates so that you may listen with godly discernment and understand how to pray for our leaders and potential leaders.
My intention is not to promote any candidate in this post, rather, to provide a starting point by which you may carefully consider these men and women in prayer. When we hear these men and women speak, we should endeavor to conform our minds to the mind of Christ, that He may have the preeminence among us and that our actions might reflect His good will even in the most vitriolic and divisive season of American politics.
I believe there are appropriate times to stand up and speak out over the sins and abuses committed by those in political leadership for the purposes of stemming incoming tides that would seek to sway and defile the Church, but I also believe there are times to call for earnest intercessory prayer from the Church for our political leaders. I believe this is just such a time as this, so please join me in praying for our leaders.
The U.S. President