Read 1 Timothy 2:1-4
I have often found it tempting to pray for our nation so that it will be a comfortable place for me to live. I’ve found it tempting to pray for the U.S. because it feels like it’s my home. I have also found it tempting to read 1 Timothy 2:1-4 and think that God wants me to have a tranquil life, that I may be comfortable and live in peace. However the U.S. is not a Christians ultimate home, nor is this world for that matter. Our citizenship is in heaven. Therefore, peace is not the main point, salvation is.
Working backwards through the text helps us understand the purpose of peaceful lives. Verses 3 and 4 display that peaceful lives are good and pleasing to God because He desires all to be saved. Thus peaceful lives are not the end goal, but a nation at peace allows the Gospel to go forth so that God can save souls. We must pray that our nation would be led by leaders in high position in such a way that the Gospel can flourish. Therefore, we must pray for our leaders in high position.
In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Paul gives special mention to kings and leaders in high position because it is through these people that national laws are established and spiritual climates are set. According to Proverbs 21:1, the Lord commands the hearts of kings/leaders as He wills. Therefore we must pray first for the heart of our president, that he may have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of our Lord. Next, we pray that the leaders of our nation would make decisions that allow the Gospel to bear the most fruit so that people may be led to a knowledge of our Lord and thus His great name be glorified. Lets pray for our nation to be at peace so that the Gospel can have impact.
By Everett Butler