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Who’s in Charge?: God: “Take Your Leaders to Me”

by in Soul Food

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Whenever you are reading this, there's probably a political campaign going on. Either new leaders have just been elected or the next round of candidates are lining up for their run at one office or another. Sometimes the person you like wins. Sometimes he or she loses.

So what should we do about it? Paul said we should pray, and he doesn't seem to care whether we approve of our leaders or not.

Just for the record, Paul's government leaned toward being truly evil. Still, he urged Timothy (and us) to ask God to help our leaders, to ask Him to intervene in their lives, and to tell Him thank you for them. Why? So we can live more holy, more godly lives in peace and quiet.

Think: Have you ever prayed for your president or senators or governor or mayor or principal so that God could use their decisions to help you live a more godly and holy life?

Pray: Ask God to give the the current administration in your country or state — and all the other government leaders in authority over you — wisdom to know which decisions are best and the courage to make the best decisions. Also, thank Him for the leaders He has installed in your government.

Do: Ask your youth leader for more ideas about how you could pray for your government leaders.

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