“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. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.”1 Timothy 2:1-4 NLT
As followers of Christ we are called by God to pray for our leaders. Now that the election is behind us, let us resolve to lift up to God our elected officials. God is their commander-in-chief and they will answer to Him for their character and conduct. As believers, we must determine to fervently pray for God's mercy, protection, and wisdom to those who are our governing authorities. It behoves us, as Christ's representatives, to conduct ourselves in a manner that is civil and honorable.
“It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.”
1 Peter 2:15-17 NLT
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished."
Romans 13:1-2 NLT
The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.”
Romans 13:4-5 NLT
The scriptures are clear. Are we clear?
Rev. Curtis Norris