10th August 2019

Pray For Our Nation’s Leaders

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority…”
1 Timothy 2:1 (NIV)

In 2005 I had the opportunity to participate in a prayer meeting with about a dozen other Christians of various denominations in the Palace of Westminster. It was interesting to meet with the two young men, who at that time were organising Christian meetings there. We were able to pray for the various leaders and MPs who work there.

Later that day a few of us were invited along to the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms in Whitehall, where the Prime Minister holds emergency sessions with security chiefs and others in the event of terrorist attacks or other critical situations. This committee is popularly known, though a little inaccurately, as COBRA after the main meeting room A. Once again we were able to pray together with staff around the large oval conference table in one of the rooms. We asked God to guide our leaders in the event of any future disaster.

As it happened COBRA was called into action just weeks later when Al Quaeda terrorists set off four bombs in London, killing 52 people. COBRA was widely praised at the time for its efforts to synchronise the response of the emergency services, although there was some criticism later. Did our prayers perhaps contribute to preventing an even worse disaster? I don’t know, but I’m sure God doesn’t ask us to pray pointlessly. Maybe more would have died. The point is, in an age of unprecedented complexity, our leaders need a wisdom that lies beyond the realm of human experience. I was encouraged to see an active Christian presence at Westminster.

On another occasion I was present at a meeting where a lady who held a very senior position in the House of Lords publicly stated that she hated politics and only endured it to bring a Christian influence into it. There are Christian MPs in every major party who need our prayerful support. With government in disarray and the resulting cynicism among some of the electorate, it may be that there are Christians who also throw up their hands in despair and ask themselves, “What’s the use? Things just get worse. Why pray for such divided leadership?”

Here’s why: Firstly, God says to, as in the header scripture. Secondly, it’s for our own good—“that we may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2). And thirdly, God “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (verse 3). God loves all, so let’s ask him to inspire our leaders to make decisions that will enable the gospel of Jesus Christ to flood our nation! One final thought. We are asked not just to pray for, but to give thanks for our leaders. Wow! Because without them we would have anarchy! So…

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for those who lead and rule in our land. They have a tough job in difficult times. Please be with them to fulfill your own glorious purposes.
Amen

Study by Doug Bass
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About the Author:
Doug Bass is a member of Grace Communion International.

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