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In the 2nd chapter of the First Book of Paul to Timothy, verses, 1-2, it states we are commanded to pray for our leaders, in his case, “for kings and all who are in authority, that we might live a tranquil and quiet life”. This command of Paul, I believe, runs counter to what the current society is doing for our leaders. Instead of praying for our leaders, we usually send letters, electronic mail messages, and deliver tirade after tirade of what we want to be done or for our leaders to act in a certain way that the person who sent the letters will find satisfactory ti his/her caprices.

But in complete contrast, Paul calls Christians to pray for them, that God might direct the hearts of the leaders (Proverbs 21:1) (New American Standard Bible): First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity (Daily Bible Verse). The impact of praying for our leaders, whether the President or foreign leaders, has led me to see how I see what God wants me to entreat Him for the conduct of our leaders.

It is not within the powers of people that will allow the change in the conduct and action; it is ultimately God that will cause the change in the heart of the leader for him to act, and that action is the one that God wants to happen, not what we want to happen. If the leader acts in way that we seemed right, it is not because we must take the credit for doing so, but God wanted him to act that way. Our prayers to Him are our obedience to His commands for us.

Recently, I have seen how prayers have affected the dispensation of laws regarding the views of our own President, Barack Obama. I have seen how his stand has sadly worsened with announcements supporting the decision of Roe v Wade and other decisions concerning abortion. At first, I thought that God will instantly change his heart and abandon this position. But In my times of prayer, I believe that ultimately, God will be the one to change his position, again going back to the verse that God holds the hearts of the leaders in his hands (Proverbs 21:1).

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