“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. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”
– 1 Timothy 2:1-2
These days it’s common to hear people complaining about the way the United States is being run. Some Americans say the democratic process seems to have gone out the window, and decisions are made in ways that sometimes contradict the political checks and balances that have existed since the inception of the U.S. government. Other Americans agree with how the U.S. administration is handling things.
Yet, the truth is this: No matter who’s sitting in the Oval Office, someone is going to complain about the decisions being made.
No matter what’s happening, there isn’t much most of us can do but “sit by the watch,” right?
We need to pray as we have been called to do as Christ-followers. This is a where I often fall short. While I pray for the U.S. military, I can count on one hand how often I have prayed for our country itself and for the men and women in positions of authority.
What about you? Are you praying for the United States and its leaders? Think about the difference we could make in our country – and in our world – if we started praying diligently for political leaders.
“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
– Matthew 18:20
So, let’s gather in spirit, and start praying today. Pray for a movement of God in our country – and in our world.
Editor’s note: The United States will observe the 2017 National Day of Prayer on May 4. This year’s observance in Washington, D.C., led by evangelist and author Anne Graham Lotz, will be live streamed from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Visit nationaldayofprayer.org.
Stonecroft National Military Consultant