The need for prayer for America's leadership

Posted: Friday, October 03, 2008

No matter what political party you may espouse, what is most needed is prayer for leadership in our local communities, in our state, in our nation, and in our world. As Christians, we have the incredible privilege of holding our leaders and potential leaders up in prayer.

Paul Y. Cho said that "intercessory prayer is the level of prayer in which we share the burden of Christ for a person, circumstance, or need anywhere in the world." Paul's letter to Titus tells us to, "(1) Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, (2) to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men."

These two converge quite well for circumstances in our world today. We are to be praying on behalf of the leadership, both political and religious. We are to hold them up in prayer because being a leader is never an easy task. Solomon had it right when he became king of Israel. The Lord asked him what he wanted. Solomon's request was for wisdom, knowing that he could not possibly lead God's people without God's help. He knew enough to know that he could not do it on his own. Neither can leaders of today.

Leaders of today need Christians to be praying for them, encouraging them, and asking that God's wisdom would prevail as decisions are made, elections happen, and actions are taken. Christians are also to lead by example in being "ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men." Sometimes, we get caught up in one side or the other and forget that as Christians we are to exemplify acts of goodness, peace, consideration, kind words, and true humility. That is a pretty tall order, but it will keep us on track to do what God is calling us to do - call on Him and depend on Him for all of life's circumstances, especially in the area of leadership. No leader can lead with wisdom and effectiveness without God's help.

So, would you join with me over these next several weeks and through two more elections? Let's pray for our leaders, work to be considerate to one another, and live out our lives in true humility as we prepare for new leadership in all levels of governing in our country.

Laura P. Skiba is the reverand of North Star United Methodist Church in Nikiski. For more information and service times, call 776-8732.

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