Prayers in High Places

A devotion on 1 Timothy 2:1-2

I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high places, that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence.
–1 Timothy 2:1-2

Many powerful men have fallen off their pedestals from not being securely anchored to God. Perhaps some never tied themselves to God to begin with.

King David himself, a man “after God’s own heart,” let a moment of lust drive him to adultery and murder.

Both evil rulers and godly ones need our intercessions for them. If they aren’t calling on God for wisdom, we need to petition God on their behalf. If they are seeking God’s will, they still need prayer reinforcements to strengthen them as they lead.

God put dreams into the head of the mighty Nebuchadnezzar, dreams that would raise Daniel to a position of authority. He put a dream into Pharaoh’s head so Egypt would be prepared for coming famine. God led King Xerxes to choose Esther for his queen so she could preserve His people. God can craft even ungodly rulers into His plan.

Our world is full of powerful decision makers. Whether they need to be inspired, to be protected, or to be stopped, for our own sake, we must find time in our day to pray on their behalf.

Prayer

Holy God, I pray for the leaders in my life — the teachers, local and national officials, and others in positions of authority. May they know You. May they follow where You lead. May You influence and guide them in the paths You have prepared for them. Help me to follow You, too. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

How often do I pray for the leaders I admire? How often do I lift up to God those leaders with whom I disagree? I will choose three leaders and pray for them today.