Praying for our leaders

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-15; Proverbs 25:17

READ (verses chosen for meditation)
1 Timothy 2:1-4 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

REFLECT
The first of Paul’s instructions to Timothy (and possibly the church in Ephesus) was to pray. It was to pray and intercede for all people; and of special mention are those who held high positions in the country. Prayers are to be constant and not merely for certain times of the year. Prayers are necessary, as Paul said, so that Christians may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Such prayers are not so much about praying “away” persecutions or trouble; instead it was to pray so that as Christians, we can remain calm and steadfast even in the midst of persecution and in the context of 1 Timothy – the chaos created by false teachings. Paul said that praying in this way is pleasing to God and he seems to imply that when Christians behave well as we are strengthened by prayers, more will come to be saved.

RELATE
My family and I had the privilege of attending the 1st preview of Singapore’s National Day Parade 2019 at the Padang. The parade brought good reminders that as a nation, we have so much to be thankful for. Yet, we all know that there is a lot of room for improvement. This is especially so when we talk about the quality of life for those in need and how we can be more patient towards one another. So yes, we need to pray for our leaders in this nation. We pray that they will be given wisdom and discernment to run this country well. We pray for ourselves as Christians, that we will also remain steadfast and be at peace with one another; even if we should encounter trouble and persecutions. We pray for ourselves to be good witnesses and to live out godly lives; so that more can be saved. This is God’s desire and as His children, we pray that we will be strengthened to carry out His purposes.

REST
Thank you God for the leaders of this nation. We pray for them that they will carry out the duties of their office with love, wisdom and strength. We pray for ourselves that as the children of God, we live in a way that is pleasing in Your sight. This is so that more will come to know You as Savior and Lord. Amen.

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