1 Timothy 2:1-2 - 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. Let's take a look at how we are to think of our leaders. Read more...
When is the last time you gave thanks to God for your leaders? In many nations, thanksgiving for leaders is not in vogue. In fact, it is looked down on as childish or being a mindless puppet. But, what does God say? He tells us to pray for our leaders and give thanks for them.
We love certain leaders who have the manner and methods that make sense to us. It's easy to follow them. We might be more prone to give thanks to God for them. However, there are other leaders who can get under our skin, who don't say what we like to hear. Can you give thanks for them?
When we raise democratic ideals above God's ideals, we justify our criticism of leaders. We often see it as our God-given right to tear down our leaders. We can make a sport out of finding their flaws. But, this is not God's way.
Thanksgiving for leaders in our lives is thanksgiving directed at God. When we refuse to be thankful, God takes this personally. For he set up authorities in our lives. That does not mean he condones all of their actions. But, our heart of submission to our leaders is important to God. Active thanksgiving for our leaders is an obedience step toward God.
Actually, thanksgiving for leaders will bring us into closer relationship with them. When we give thanks, we have a greater desire to draw close. We will then know how to pray and intercede for them.
So give thanks, then wait on God for how to pray for your leaders. This is God's desire for us.
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