Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1
Today, Jan. 20th, John Biden took the oath of office and became our 46th President. As Christians, we need to be praying for our new President. The Bible clearly teaches that God has given us the gifts of law, government, and ruling authorities for our good. We are instructed to pray for “rulers and all who have authority” and to be faithful in praying so “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:2). 1 Peter 2:17 instructs us to, “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (in our case, the President).
As Christians, we should distinguish ourselves among our fellow citizens by holding our leaders in high honor because we acknowledge that they occupy their offices by the express appointment of God. Without question, we are to stand for righteousness. Proverbs 14:34 says, “righteousness exalts a nation” and while we may sometimes think we are headed in the wrong direction, we know that our unrighteous speech and attitudes are not honoring to our God. So, I want to encourage us to be in prayer for President Biden, Vice-President Harris, our leaders and for our nation.
Our nation’s early leaders certainly relied on prayer for guidance, protection, and strength. President Abraham Lincoln held the belief that, “it is the duty of nations as well as men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God.” When it came to the fate of the nation, he practiced what he preached. Before the battle of Gettysburg, he turned to God in prayer. “I went to my room one day and I locked the door and got down on my knees before Almighty God and prayed to him mightily for victory at Gettysburg.”
Today our need for prayer is as great as it has ever been. Our nation is dealing with so many issues: pandemic, economic hardships, political strife, lostness, racism, an epidemic of broken homes, violence, sexual immorality, gender confusion, social strife, and the list goes on and on. As followers of Jesus, we should lead the way in prayer.
There are four particular areas in which I want to encourage you to pray daily:
1) The Lost – Without Christ, people will live their lives, die and enter a Christless eternity. Social reform is good but people need the Lord. It is going to take a great awakening/revival in our land to turn the moral climax back toward godliness. Let’s be fervent in praying for the lost.
2) The Church – The Church is in a position to impact communities for eternity as well as influence social change. Pray for your church asking God to grant us the wisdom and vision to make the Church a vessel for healing and revival in America.
3) The Family – The traditional family is one of America’s greatest assets. Pray daily, not only for the institution of the family as a whole, but for individual families within your circle of influence that may be struggling. COVID-19 has impacted all ages (children to elderly) and many marriages.
4) The Government – Pray that the Lord would grant wisdom, discernment and integrity to those who serve in authority over us (locally, Kentucky, and the United States).
Will you pause now and spend a few minutes in prayer for President Biden, Vice-President Harris, Governor Beshear and these other four areas? To God be the glory!