I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
There’s some uncomfortable parts to this chapter, including Paul writing that he does not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man. Because Paul says that’s how he feels, does that mean God affirms that opinion for all time, or is this a statement that must be viewed within the culture in which Paul lived? You’ll have to work that one out for yourself.
The words we read above can be difficult as well. Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, do you hold him in prayer? Do you pray for our government, even those from the opposing party? We have just had our elections. Will you pray for those who were elected, even if you didn’t vote for that particular candidate?
God wishes us to live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. I don’t think that means that we should submit to injustice, but I do think that even when we don’t agree with the President or one serving in Congress, we should continue to pray for them to be guided by God’s truth.
I pray for our elected officials, Lord, and for those who are in any kind of authority. Some days, that could mean my boss or the owner of the company where I work. Or it could mean someone in our judicial system, or a police officer. Maybe it means to listen to a physician who is trying to give good advice, or a teacher in my child’s school. It takes a certain maturity to pray for those in authority, and to place myself within that person’s influence. Let me trust in you first, then help me listen to those in positions of authority. This I pray in Christ’s name. Amen.