Prayer Guide Part 2: Praying for Government Leaders—Wisdom

Timothy Tardibono - Saturday, April 08, 2017
Introduction:  In Part 1 of FPIO’s Prayer Guide—Praying for Government Leaders, we explored the encouragement in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 to pray for government leaders in multiple ways including giving thanks for them. Paul’s exhortation to Timothy did not suggest prayers should only be given for those politicians that we like or agree with. No, the goal of our prayers are that political leaders, of any party, govern in a way to produce a peaceful society to facilitate the spread of the Gospel—so that all those who don’t know Him, “come to a knowledge of the truth” (v. 3-4).

In Part 2, we explore the necessity of praying for our political leaders to have wisdom as they consider increasingly complex policy decisions and political challenges.

Government leaders need wisdom in decision-making…just like Solomon
Reading: 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask what I shall give to you.” 8 Then Solomon said to God, “You have shown great lovingkindness and mercy to my father David, and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, O LORD God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, so that I may go out and come in and perform my duties before this people, otherwise who can rule and administer justice to this great people of Yours?” 11 God replied to Solomon, “Because this was in your heart and you did not ask for riches, possessions or honor and personal glory, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself so that you may rule and administer justice to My people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge have been granted you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor will those who will come after you.”

Devotional: Solomon understood the inherent challenge that being a government leader presented. Solomon took seriously the God-given mantle of political leadership, knowing that only with God’s help could he govern well (v. 10). Armed with this knowledge, and given the opportunity to ask for anything, he asks for wisdom so he can “effectively” lead. His answer captured God’s attention because the unique request did not seek self-advancement or pleasure but honored the leadership position God had given Solomon (v. 11-12).

Today’s government leaders face complex policy decisions, complicated political challenges, a divided electorate, and a rapidly changing social culture no longer grounded to moral absolutes. Whether our government leaders acknowledge their God-given mantle of leadership, Christians should pray that government leaders seek wisdom and understanding as they govern. Such wisdom is not only in their own best interest, but in the best interest of their constituents.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, we lift up our government leaders to You and ask that you make them aware of their need for Your wisdom and knowledge. If they don’t know Your love in their lives, help them to come to know You and to regularly ask for Your wisdom as they govern. If they already know You, give them the passion to fervently pursue Your wisdom and knowledge as they govern.  
Lord, today I specifically pray this for __________________________________________.

By Timothy Tardibono, M.A, J.D., President of FPIO

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