23rd March 2017

Pray For Leaders

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,”
Titus 3:1 (NIV)

On the 20th January the inauguration of President Trump took place in the United States amidst a great deal of protests, demonstrations and even riots in some places. The peaceful transfer of power in the most powerful nation on earth was not so peaceful. Sadly, it seems that these days, there is a great deal of scepticism and cynicism about our politicians. What should our response as Christians be to our rulers and politicians?

Let’s look first at what God says about the powers that be. Romans 13:1 says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” It is the Christian duty to be law abiding and co-operative where it does not contravene the laws of God.

Notice that we are also exhorted to pray for our leaders that we may lead a quiet life. “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 Saviour” 1 Timothy 2:1-3 KJV.

One further point you may not have thought of is found in Jeremiah 29:7 (KJV). When Judah was going into captivity in Babylon, the prophet Jeremiah told them to pray for the cities they were going to, so they too could lead a quiet life, “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.”

Do we take these admonitions from God to heart? We should be praying for President Trump that he will be a successful president for the sake of all the citizens of the United States. We should also pray for our Queen and government that we may lead a quiet and peaceable Christian life in this country. This is the will of God for the good of all.

Prayer
Father, as we wait for the return of Jesus Christ as King of kings, we pray for the leaders of the nations on earth. Please give them wisdom and a heart of service to lead for the good of all, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in peace, security and freedom to worship You.
Amen

Study by Len Maylin

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About the Author:
Len Maylin attends the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed Church
High Street
Great Baddow
CHELMSFORD CM2 7HH

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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