The Bible tells me to pray for those in authority.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.1 Timothy 2:1–4
That’s “pray for all people” … ask God to help them and give thanks for them.
Truthfully it’s the message of God’s love…
And He wants everyone to be saved and understand the truth.
Praying for “everyone” is somehow easier than praying for people in authority … for the people in charge.
Oooh, admit it, there are some in authority for whom you’d just like to pray that they would no longer be in authority.
Maybe it’s your boss, or your child’s teacher, or your local sheriff or chief of police. Maybe it’s your pastor or an elected official.
You see, having a position of authority simply means that the individual has the power to tell you what to do.
And oh how you and I can push back against being told what to do.
But Paul wrote these words to Timothy because prayer and actively living out the love of Jesus are two things the Holy Spirit uses to draw people to an understanding of the truth.
I’ll be honest with you, I’m not thrilled with every authority figure in my life.
I’ve also realized there are only a few things I can do about it.
I’ve decided prayer is the best option. Maybe you’d like to join me…
5 Verses You Need to Pray for People in Charge
Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.1 Chronicles 16:11
Father, I pray __________ will seek You first. I ask You to give them a desire to know and trust You. I ask You to teach them the truth of Your commands and that he/she will want trust and obey You, Father, above all else.
May they not be influenced by popularity, possessions, or power but be completely surrendered to Your will for themselves and for the people they lead. Amen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.Proverbs 3:5–6
Father, I pray that ____________ will love and trust You completely. Please help them understand how much they need You … that they need Your wisdom and truth.
May __________ seek Your will before making decisions, especially when they are making decisions that influence and affect others. Please guide and direct him/her and by the power of Your Spirit, help __________ to follow where You lead. Amen.
For the Lord grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to HProverbs 2:6–8
Father, You give wisdom and knowledge and understanding. Please work on ______________’s heart. I pray that You will make him/her faithful to You and to Your Word. Give __________ a passion for truth and honesty, and by Your grace give them the blessing of common sense for life choices.
Please make a desire for integrity important. May it not only be something __________ desires for themselves but may it be something they seek out in the people around them.
And Father, I ask You to be a shield of protection around them. Keep them safe from temptation, from evil, and from anyone who would harm them. Amen.
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,Micah 6:8
and this is what He requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.
Father, please make Your will clear to __________ and give him/her a deep desire to follow it. May he/she know what it right and do it. Please give a heart of kindness and mercy as well as a humble heart that recognizes who they are before You.
By Your grace and the power of Your Spirit, may ___________ love you with all his/her heart, soul, mind, and strength and love others as they love themselves. Amen.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.Ephesians 3:20
Father, However things appear, You are a God of miracles. You are able to change hearts and minds. And Father, I’ll admit that I may be the one who needs to change.
Teach me Your truth. Make me humble and kind. Help me to seek You first and let You do the work that’s needed in others.
I will pray in faith because You are always and forever able to accomplish so much more than I could ever ask or imagine. Thank you, Father! In Jesus name. Amen.
As hard as it is, even when it’s not my first instinct, I want to pray for people in authority. All of them … the ones I like and yes, even the ones I don’t because well, as Rev might say, “it’s downright Biblical.”
And by God’s grace, I will trust Him to work in hearts and minds … mine and those I lift up to Him in prayer.
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