I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 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 people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
- 1 Timothy 2: 1-4
Petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving. All kinds of different prayers are to be offered to the Lord for those who carry positions of civil authority and for good reasons. God cares for people so, He sets up people with authority to govern wisely, keep the peace, act with justice, have compassionate care for the needy, and create conditions for all to flourish. That is a weighty responsibility and needs a lot of prayer!
And then there is thanksgiving. How often do we give thanks when we pray for the government of our nation, particularly when we do not agree with their politics? Let me put it another way; If you were to place your thanksgiving on one side of the scale and your criticism on the other side, which would be heaviest? When we pray with thanksgiving, our eyes are opened to see what the Spirit of the Lord is doing in our City and we move easily from prayer to thanksgiving to blessing our City.
What is it like to live in a City that is blessed by the Lord? Among other things, it is a place where the Gospel of salvation is free to be preached and responded to. This will take much prayer, thanksgiving, and blessing for those in authority.
Pray for our Parliament, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and other Federal and Provincial Leaders.
The Light of God’s love and wisdom to shine on Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, the City Council, all first responders, and those in authority over courts of law, schools, hospitals, health care, and detention centers.
Godly advisors around them, and goodwill toward their peers.
Their passionate commitment to doing what is good and right for the people in the city.
God’s protection on their home life and their families.
Healing from traumatic experiences in their work, particularly for police and first responders.
Christians in these roles of authority lift up God’s Light when opportunities arise.
Those who are in authority to respond to God’s Light for salvation.