I just came from a meeting for election workers. Many indicated that people were surprised to hear there was going to be an election, and some asked what for. It got me to thinking…
Admittedly there often isn’t as much hoopla and advertising for local compared to national elections, but shouldn’t people be aware of these contests for their city officials? I mean we keep date books for all sorts of things – sports games, hair appointments, our kids or grandkids recitals and games, family celebrations, small groups, church events, social events, etc. I even mark on the calendar the few times annually when we can dispose of hazardous household products! But do I plan for elections, or depend on community resources and candidates advertisements to form my thinking?
What are my responsibilities as a believer? I believe these verses tell me not only what, but how:
1Tim. 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—
1Tim. 2:2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
1Tim. 2:3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
1Tim. 2:4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1Tim. 2:8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
So – just as I have a list of church leaders and missionaries that I pray for I should have a list of local and national government leaders that I remember with:
• Requests – ask for needs – FOR EVERYONE
• Prayers – address God as the solution to all human problems FOR EVERYONE
• Intercession –mediate – attempt to reconcile differences between people or groups (or between man and God) – FOR EVERYONE
• Thanksgiving –an expression of thanks to God – FOR EVERYONE
We can surely pray that they would be found to be righteous leaders as Daniel:
Dan. 6:4 Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
We should care enough to pray these scriptures for our leaders: http://www.prayingscriptures.com/government.shtml
Oh yeah, and without anger or disputing