“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
This is a great passage but one that has often been misunderstood. This verse is a command to pray for our leaders. Why should we pray for them?
The answer is so very important. Let’s look at the passage. The verse says to pray and intercede for all men. The verse also says and this is noteworthy, to give thanks for them as well.
This of course means all kinds of men as we see that in the context because it highlights a certain group of people. He mentions all men then says for kings and all who are in authority. So we are to pray and intercede for all kinds of men including kings and those in authority.
So we are to pray, intercede, and yes, give thanks for our leaders including President Biden. That’s right, we are commanded to give thanks for President Biden because it’s ultimately God who appointed him as our leader. So we are commanded to pray for all kinds of men and the emphasis is placed on national leaders such as kings (or in our case Presidents) and all in authority.
The verse goes on to say that praying for our leaders is good and acceptable in the eyes of God. Why is it good and acceptable? The answer is because He will have all men, that is all kinds of men to be saved including secular authorities. I’m not making a statement that God doesn’t want all people to be saved I’m simply pointing out the context of the passage. The “all men” in this passage clearly means all kinds of men by the context.
So back to why we pray for them. The answer is because God would have even unsaved secular leaders to be saved. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men so we go to Him to ask for their salvation.
There are too many churches and church leaders who don’t want to pray for the other political party. They want to criticize and malign. I fear deep down many don’t really want them to get saved.
We can’t let ourselves fall into this trap. If we are to be interested in the things God is interested in then we need to pray for our leaders to be saved. Whether a leader is Republican or Democrat our desire should be for them to know Christ.
The command is clear to pray for our leaders. God wants them to be saved as well and since there is no mediator but Christ we must go to Him with intercession on their behalf. So here is the question: have you prayed for the President’s salvation today?
Do you pray daily for God to give him wisdom and discernment? Before you malign the President, pray for him, I’ll bet when you do you’ll find it hard to malign him because your heart will grow soft and tender towards him.
It’s not wrong to disagree with our President but it’s wrong not to pray for him.