The United States has just had an election. The right to vote gives all citizens a voice in deciding how the country will be run. Christians, like other citizens, should exercise this right, but we have another way we can influence the government and that is to pray for our leaders. Jeremiah sent a letter to the Jews who had been taken into captivity in Babylon urging them to do this.
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29:7)
The apostle Paul gave the same command to Christians.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1,2)
In both cases the reason is the same. We will be better off if we live under a stable government that cares about the welfare of its citizens. Read the rest of this entry