What is God’s Heart for Government?
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (Romans 13:6-7)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders… Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Prayer in Government
Every week during the Legislative session in Olympia men and women check their politics at the door and come together to discuss the scriptures, have fellowship, and pray. They grow to love each other – even though they often cancel out each other’s votes. About 20 % of both houses attend the Legislative Fellowship in the course of a session. These leaders stand behind the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, asking for God’s blessing, justice, and provision in our state. The same is true in Washington DC. – though we rarely, if ever, hear about it.
Many of these public servants have a powerful sense of calling and are convinced God specifically led them into this important ministry. Theirs is a lonely and often times thankless job. President Eisenhower, when asked if he would host a Presidential Prayer Breakfast, said that he would, largely because he thought the White House was the loneliest house in the world.
Please lift up your city, county, state, and national government leaders to God in prayer.
Lord we pray that those leading our cities, states, and nation would:
Call upon God, to ask him for wisdom, and to learn to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God.
Love one another across party and ideological lines. Pray against the powers that foster hatred and division.
Live honorable lives – worthy of the calling they have received.
Persevere in faith and to stand for liberty and justice for all.
Lord we ask that you would:
Raise up the next generation of Jesus-centered leaders.
Remove those in power who stand against your purposes, resist your promptings, and sew seeds of discord.
– Jeff Vancil