Day 3 – Pray for Your Leaders (1 Timothy 2:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17)
Given the current political and social climate in our nation we might conclude that evangelicals are at odds with our culture. While there may be an ever increasing divide between evangelicals and secular society, withdrawal is not the answer. It is not the answer because it breeds an us against them mentality.
Instead of withdrawing from society, we are to live in it, honor our leaders, and pray for those over us. Both Peter and Paul agree.
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor (1 Peter 2:13–17).
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 (1 Timothy 2:1–4).
As believers, even though we are often at odds with the world; told not to marvel if the world hates us (1 John 3:13); and told that friendship with the world puts us in conflict with God (James 4:4); we are not to withdraw from society. Conflict between God’s wisdom and man’s wisdom should not drive us to seclusion; rather it should motivate us to prayer and action that the world might know Christ.
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