Praying for the government

Posted on 17/10/2012

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“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timonthy 2:1-4

This verse struck me today as I began to think about how often we pray (or indeed, don’t pray) for our government. Say what you will about Cameron, Clegg, and the ‘bigwigs’ in parliament, but the fact of the matter is that currently, they are in charge…and whilst we may not always agree with their principles and values, they need our prayers. We may be quick to pray for the lost that they may find Christ, but how often do we pray for Cameron to have wisdom in his decision making? At the end of the day, the government changes over time, and each period of time is as important as the next. Each needs guidance and wisdom from God in order to effectively and productively run the country. There will never be a perfect government, because you cannot please everybody, and there will always be something they do which is wrong in someone’s eyes. Only when Jesus returns will we see how a righteous and just order should be established. Why? Because He’s perfect, He created the earth and He knows exactly how it should be handled, but until then there are people appointed to do the job, so let’s pray for them!

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