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I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, he made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

I am often guilty of complaining about government at all levels and complaining even louder about elected and unelected officials in powerful positions. I am also very guilty of whining about how poorly they perform their jobs, rather than praying that they would be faithful to govern wisely. It is clearly stated here in these verses that regardless of how we feel about them personally or how well they do their jobs, we have an obligation to pray and be thankful for those who are in positions of authority. In our free society, we have an unprecedented opportunity to have a say in how we are governed. Elections and policy decisions may not always go the way we want them to, but God wants us to use the greatest power we have--prayer--to uphold and encourage those who govern us, in the state, in the church and even in the home. This time spent in prayer will soften our hearts and remind us that regardless of who is temporarily in charge of us, Jesus is the eternal King of kings and Lord of lords.

Thank You for the freedom in which we live. Help us to remember to pray for all those in authority, at all levels, from families and churches to governments and kingdoms of this world. Remind me that You, Father, are sovereign over all. Amen.


GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.