Daily Devotional
Are You Praying for Our Leaders?

“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king."

1 Peter 2:17

Ponder This

I want to tell you, the answer to America's problems is not in the White House, the Pentagon, the Capitol, the statehouse, or even in the schoolhouse, but in the church house.

In our social life, we are to honor all people. In our church life, we are to love our church community. In our spiritual life, fear God. And in our political life, honor the king.

Notice it says, “Fear God.” Do you know what's wrong in America today? We have a nation today where there is no fear of God. People laugh and mock at holy things. But “the fear [reverence] of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

Whether it be a king, governor, or president, my dear friend, you can honor them without venerating them or even liking them. I believe if we would criticize less and pray more, God may change some of these people. The Bible says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).

Practice This

Richard Halverson, the chaplain of the U. S. Senate, remarked, “We’re quick to criticize political leaders but slow to pray for them.” You have no right to speak against leadership in a way that’s slanderous, but rather, you are to pray for leadership. Are you praying for those in authority? You really shouldn’t be complaining if you are not praying.


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