“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions 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.” – I Timothy 2:1-2
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” – Psalm 118:8-9
I am a bit of a political junkie. I majored in Political Science in college. I married another poli-sci major. I read political blogs. Sitting here, typing on my computer, I can see, out of the corner of my eye a photo of my family with the former Governor and a photo of my husband with a County Commissioner as they celebrate his win on election night. My iPhone radio app is used for listening to political talk shows. I fret about the “direction our leaders are taking us”. My 8th grader is studying the American Revolution and the establishment of the Constitution, etc. We are singing the School House Rock version of the Preamble on a daily basis. You could reasonably say that I am a little obsessed with the topic.
Today, I was reminded that I should put a little more effort into praying for our “kings”. Not just the cursory, “give our leaders wisdom” that I often throw into my daily prayers as a general catch-all! I should really take time and enumerate “requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving” for those in authority and then I need to sit back and “take refuge in the Lord”, knowing that He is in control and I do not need to “trust in princes”.
Help me to keep a heavenly perspective on our leaders, local, state, national and world-wide. These men and women need your guidance, your wisdom. I am thankful that you are in control. That you love and died for those I agree with and those I disagree with…I can take refuge in you and that I do not need to trust in princes.