Thursday, October 4

Politics and Prayer

We watched part of the debate last night and at one point, as I watched Governor Romney watch President Obama, I was struck by how stressful and awkward it would be to be in his shoes. Knowing that cameras and countless eyes were watching my every move – every single micro-expression of my demeanor on display. Not to mention having all ears on me as I discussed and debated all manner of political strategies, aspirations, and solutions. Talk about pressure! I know political leaders are often a target for ridicule, but in reality, how many of us could truly take on their jobs? Would we even want to? I for one know that I couldn’t and wouldn’t, and therefore I’m thankful for those who choose to do so. And I was deeply convicted to pray for them last night.

Often when I think about the scriptures that exhort us to pray for our leaders, I tend to think about praying about the outcome of upcoming elections. But less often do I remember to pray for something far more important – for the salvation of those holding public office. And certainly I rarely think to pray for them as fellow human beings, men and women with families, hopes, and dreams just like me. Because at the end of the day regardless of our political inclinations, we are all souls in need of salvation and people in need of compassion.

1 Timothy 2:1-6 (ESV)
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.