The Release of The SPIRIT
The President & Washington DC
Pray for Our National Leaders
God clearly mandates followers of Jesus to pray for those holding positions of civic authority (1 Timothy 2:1, 2). We influence the direction and welfare of our nation this way. In fact, Paul seems to infer a direct link between praying for kings and the ability to live peaceful and quiet lives.
Today’s call to pray for national leaders must rise above personal politics. Paul called the church to pray for the Roman emperors and their underlings—political leaders who were in large part brutal, power-hungry, and perverted. These officials were not the kind of people we would want voted into office, and yet Paul puts them at the top of our prayer lists. As a pastor I have heard people say, “I just can’t bring myself to pray for our president because I so resent everything he stands for.” Yet as citizens of a kingdom not of this world, we must be bigger than that. This has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with God’s capacity to direct and guide our leaders, no matter who they are.
As God’s people, we also need to keep our attitudes in check. The political rhetoric these days is so harsh and adversarial that it can infect our own spirits in ungodly ways. But Paul in Romans 13 reminds us that secular governing authorities are part of God’s plan for us, and so we are to give them what we owe them: “if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor” (Romans 13:7).
Pray the Scriptures:
1 Timothy 2:1–7
1 Peter 2:13–17
Pray for our president, vice president, and those who work closely with them. Pray for our country’s senators and representatives in the US Congress. Pray for the nine Supreme Court justices. Ask the Holy Spirit to rest upon Washington DC and the churches that serve the city.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. (Romans 13:1)