Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks be made for all men for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Canada has tonight elected a majority and selected a new official opposition, two former leaders have been defeated and we as Christians have a human government moving our country forward. Do you pray for our leaders? Do you pray for them to have wisdom, discernment and grace? Do you pray for them to have courage and to listen to the people who chose them?
Canadians are not as vocal and loud about our faith as some of our neighbors in the south. That is not a fault but an observation. We are less expressive in many ways and yet we speak loudly in others. Sometimes unexpectedly. We don't hear candidates speaking of their faith and yet we should as believers support them with our prayers. Whether we know about their personal relationship with God or not we are instructed to pray for them to lead our country well.
Listening to the party leaders speaking as winners or as losers and I'm hearing a lot of grace, a lot of support and seeing dignity. This is a good way for change to start a new season and I'm thankful for it.
We don't often hear the words pray for our leaders and yet we need to provide them with that, just as we would intercede for anyone. What do you pray for when you consider your leaders and your country?