OUR RESPONSIBILITY: TO PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT
Posted by: Pastor Noel Dionson May 15th, 2016
We have just gone through one of the most hotly contested and divisive election. Unlike some religious groups, we do not practice block voting because we believe that each one of us has the right to choose his or her candidates whom he or she deems are the deserving people to be in the different positions in the government. We also believe that through our earnest prayer for God’s guidance that He will give us the leaders we deserve. We may not have chosen the same set of candidates but we believe that the ultimate result of the election would reflect the will of God.
The counting is almost over and we have a clear view of who are the winners of the election. As to the presidency, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is what they call the presumptive president. For the vice-presidency although the race is tight, Congresswoman Leni Robredo is cementing her lead over Sen. Bongbong Marcos.
They might be or they might not be the candidates you voted for but support them in prayer. Paul in 1Timothy 2:1-4 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- (2) for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (3) This is good, and pleases God our Savior, (4) who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (NIV).
Why pray for our leaders in the government? First, we pray for them so “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” If we pray for them, they will provide us with the protection and order so that we can live in peace and quietness. Second, we pray for them so that we can continue practicing our faith. We pray that they will give us the opportunity to live in godliness and holiness. Third, praying for our leaders pleases God. Verse 3 says that praying for them is “good, and pleases God, our Savior.” It is the will of God to pray for them. Fourth, praying for our leaders so that they will give us an opportunity to continue to share the Gospel. Verses 3 and 4 says, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, (4) who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (NIV). He wants all men to experience salvation and to know the Gospel and we should pray that He will work in the lives of our leaders so that they will not be a hindrance to the spread of the Gospel.