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. 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Have you heard of the Presidential Prayer Team?
No, it's not run by the government, and it wasn't organized by any president, past or present.
On the other hand, the Presidential Prayer Team, a national ministry, has taken upon itself to organize prayers for the president of the United States and others who are in authority.
In many ways it is a good idea. It has been a powerful idea, and like the Scripture for today's Daily Devotion says, it is also a God-pleasing idea.
But, according to the chairman of the Presidential Prayer Team, Mr. David Otto, there is a problem. His ministry is being hard hit financially because some of its members are not pleased with the way the government is going.
In a letter requesting funds, Otto says, "members tell us that they are discouraged, disappointed, and some have admitted they have stopped praying for the president and our nation." Then Otto said, they need $96,000 next month to keep the ministry going.
Now this devotion is not so much a plea for folks to send money to the Presidential Prayer Team. We probably don't need an organization to tell us to pray for leaders . . .
. . . not when the Lord has already told us to pray for kings and all who are in high places.
Indeed, Scripture tells us that throughout His life, Jesus always showed respect for those in authority. He did so when He was on trial for His life and they told lies about Him, switched charges against Him, and ignored His innocence. Jesus honored them even when they called for His death and sent Him to the cross.
Honoring those in authority -- it's what Christians do, whenever they can, as long as they can, as long as their leaders don't try to override the Church's witness and obligation to the Redeemer.
This is why, no matter how you feel about this government, or any government, I urge you to please pray for those who are in authority because this is pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, today I place before you presidents and prime ministers, royals and regulars, and all men and women You have elevated to positions of honor and influence. May they do that which is right so their citizenry may be blessed and allowed to lead a life of thanksgiving to You. This I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries