Do You Pray for Our Leaders?
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Our culture wants to discourage believers by dispelling the claims of the Bible. Many of the social icons within this nation are a host of blasphemers and hypocrites. Our societal norms have been adjusted to accept all kinds of behavior that only two decades ago would have been ludicrous. Even a few of those running for political offices around the country deny that our moral compass is off. It would seem that getting the vote is more important than taking a stand. Some suggest that charisma is more important than character. It reminds me of what was happening in Jerusalem during King Hezekiah’s reign:
Sennacherib’s officers spoke further against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah. The king also wrote letters insulting the Lord, the God of Israel, and saying this against him: ‘Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people from my hand.’ Then they called out in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to terrify them and make them afraid in order to capture the city. They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the world—the work of men’s hands.
After King Hezekiah’s death, his son, Manasseh took over as king. He was an evil man who chose to follow his own devious heart instead of honoring the God of his father. The list of evils perpetrated by Manasseh might make you shudder. Not only did he worship idols and desecrate the Temple, he sacrificed his own children to pagan gods. He led his whole nation astray and paid no attention when God spoke to him. Manasseh was more into proud defiance than being a man of God. Yet, when Manasseh hit rock bottom, was captured by his enemy, shackled, and led around by a ring in his nose, he cried out “in deep distress” to God Almighty, not the pagan gods he had worshipped.
King Manasseh humbled himself in reverence to the “God of his ancestors.” And God responded with forgiveness and restored him to his throne. Because Manasseh finally came to honor the Lord as the only true God, Manasseh’s life was changed. God extended His grace to this man whose great sins had created negativity for his nation.
Thanks to this example, we know God will forgive any sin as long as there is heartfelt repentance on the sinner’s part. We, as Christians, need to fight the good fight. Instead of complaining about our leaders, we need to pray for them. God is still in the business of doing miracles and changing hearts. His Word urges us to help lead our nation back to God. This world is full of empty promises and broken cisterns. Let us boldly speak the truth, offering the world Living Water that heals.
How can you apply this Scripture to your situation? “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)
You are important to Kingdom work. Claim God’s promises when those in the public arena want to direct you in a different direction. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:13–15)
Suggestion for Prayer
Pray for our leaders. Pray that the Christians in this nation will live according to God’s Word and be an effective witness to Christ’s saving grace. Pray that God will lead our nation into repentance and restoration.
Jim Grassi, D. Min.