God in Government
“Our Lord’s gracious love for us is expressed in many ways. During the Christmas season we are reminded that the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus, offers the potential for redemption and the release of bondage for all.
“This message of hope and its supernatural effect have the potential to transform the three institutions created by God to care for us. God has created three institutions to provide for our personal needs, our need to be in community, and our need to function in society. God, in his gracious love, supernaturally created the family, the Church, and government as divine entities to meet our needs, but all must be redeemed.
“The last of the three divine institutions created by God to care for us is government. Attaching the word “divine” to government is difficult for people to accept these days. However, Romans 13:1 clearly states that there is ‘no authority except that which God established.’ And yet, most people, even Christian people, consider government only a secular institution created by power-hungry politicians. Our Founding Fathers did not believe this. They used the wisdom of God, expressed through the Scriptures, to build the foundation of our nation through the Constitution.
“Throughout 2019, I have seen the wisdom of God brought to bear in the lives of our elected officials and in the work that they are doing. I have listened to lawmakers and candidates telling me about the challenge of balancing family life with the demands of public service. I have been asked to pray in confidence about God’s call to run for office or to take action in Congress or in the highest levels of the Executive branch. I have been asked to pray about behind-the-scenes events on Capitol Hill that you will never see on the news. And every time I tell them that I am praying, and that you… are praying, every time the response has been how very much it means, personally and professionally.
“Praying for our government leaders is crucial, and letting them know they are being prayed for is almost as important. It only makes sense that a godly institution can only truly thrive with the infusion of God-fearing people, following God-outlined principles, upheld in prayer by God-directed intercessors. Since God is the author of this institution, we cannot remove Him from the institution and expect it to function well—or at all.
“We must hold on to our hope and take a ‘stand’ upon our knees as we battle for God’s best in our nation.” (Dave Kubal)
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6; KJV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Thank the Lord that He established government to care for our needs as a society. Acknowledge that government cannot function properly without His guidance and intervention. Beseech His involvement.
- Pray for your city. Ask the Lord to bless your city’s leadership and give them wisdom. Pray for decisions that will benefit the local population, versus advance a political agenda.
- Pray for your state government, likewise.
- Find your member of the House of Representatives here. Find your two state Senators here. Look at their congressional webpages and find out the committees they are on and what issues they support. Intercede for them with knowledge and understanding. Consider writing them through their contact pages to let them know you are praying for them.
- Go to whitehouse.gov and look for information on what is happening in the Executive branch. There are pages for President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the Cabinet members. You can also encourage them by dropping them a quick email of support and encouragement. Most of our Executive branch leadership appreciates, even covets, the prayers of the saints.
- You can find more prayer points for government and government officials at IFAPray.org.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, we dedicate this nation to You yet again today. We acknowledge You as the One who established it. We acknowledge You as the creator of government. You are the One that led our founders to establish our nation on Your principles. We ask You to align our governing leaders with Your principles as they lead us. Let us not forget to intercede for them often, if not daily. They are more in need of prayer than they may realize. Some do know it and humbly request it. May we not hold back our intercession on their behalf, even if we fundamentally disagree with their political positions. They need our prayers. We pray for the God-fearing, that they will know that You are with them, leading and guiding and directing them, as they lean on and trust in and rely on You. We pray for those who see no need to seek You. Lord, turn their hearts to make decisions that benefit the people they serve, and not their own interests or pet projects. Don’t let them be tempted by bribes or political advancement. May they find themselves leaning toward the things that please You – righteousness, justice, and moral purity. Remove corruption from our land. [Intercede now for your specific local, state and national government representatives.]
We pray also for President Trump. Lord, may he continue to seek godly counsel from Your people that You have placed around him. Thank You for his humility. Bless him for it. Guard him in all of His ways, and may His decisions please You. Give him witty ideas and strategies to prosper the nation and the people. Let Him learn to seek You directly and rely on Your guidance more and more. We pray for Vice President Pence, likewise. We know he is a Christian man. He loves You, Jesus, and it shows. He is a good leader and a faithful supporter of our President. Grant him continued grace and favor as he continues to help lead our nation. Thank You that You are preserving and protecting the United States of America! Because Your watchful eye is on us and You lead and guide us, we are a blessed nation! Amen.
God-established government, led and prayed for by God-fearing men and women, leads to a God-honoring country.
Learn more about Dave Kubal and Intercessors for America here.