Pray for Voter Wisdom   Leave a comment

“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.” —1 Timothy 2:1–3

It’s the National Day of Prayer on May 2 and the theme is Pray for America. I’m examining what the Bible says about praying for government.

Let me say this – if you’re not a Christian believer, don’t bother with this concept. What I am saying here does not apply to you. The only prayer God will hear from you is the one for salvation and that’s not my topic today. I think I wrote something a while back. Go here.

Now, for believers – Pray for America. Start by praying for your family and neighbors because that’s where we can have the most impact, is with those we personally know. But obviously, Paul thought Timothy and those at the church in Corinth should pray for the king, the government, etc.

Petitioning God means simply to ask. It pleases Him when we ask for what we want. Prayer is not a formalized thing. It is a conversation with God. I said before – I pray all the time – anywhere, anytime, while doing just about anything. Intercession is praying for someone else. Jesus constantly intercedes for us (Romans 8:34), so it pleases God when we mere humans intercede for someone else – included President Obama and the members of Congress and the “experts” in the administrative state – because we are following Christ’s example when we do this. Thanksgiving (praise) always pleases God and the Bible tells us to include thanksgiving when talking to God about those in governmental authority. We are supposed to “honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17) and recognize that “the authorities have been established by God” (Romans 13:1).

Which brings me to an interesting thought. Who are the authorities in a representative republic? Oh, yeah, the people. So we really ought to be praying for the voters. We’re in the mess that we’re in because a large percentage of American voters have wielded their authority in the ballot box unwisely for a very long time. Pray for wisdom for the American voter.  Before we start getting serious about praying for our elected representatives, we need to pray for those who do the electing.

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