Do we criticize our government and leaders more often than we pray for them? If that is the case, we need to change it. As Christians, we can change this world through the gospel and fervent prayers. James wrote “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). We certainly cannot change our country for the better through much criticism, but we can through much praying (1 Thess. 5:17). In a time when there was so much evil in high positions and so much hate in the world, the apostle Paul said this to Timothy:
I exhort, therefore, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verify. I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (1 Timothy 2:1–8).
This living message is for us today. Christians, we need to pray more for our government and leaders and the issues at hand. Much of our lives and activities depend on their character and plans. Things like the security of our physical life, property, and liberty depend on them. It does not matter what political party we stand with as Christians, so long as we stand for righteousness defined by God. What matters is whether we are kneeling before the Almighty on behalf of those who lead this country. By all means, take a stand, but before you do, kneel in frequent and fervent prayer. We do not need more politicians out in the public platforms of social media. We need more prayer warriors behind closed doors.