1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,
2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
3 This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4 who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4, NRSV
As I write these words, the election is still unfolding.
As I write these words, the votes are still being counted.
As I write these words, the outcome is still unclear.
Despite all that uncertainty, my words to you, dear church, remain clear. Pray for those who lead us. Pray for them, regardless of whether you voted for them. Pray for them, regardless of whether you agree with them. Pray for them, regardless of whether you admire them or despise them. Pray, as the apostle Paul says, for “all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2, NRSV).
Can’t find the words? Try these on for size:
Lord, bless _________________________, who will serve as President of the United States during these next four years. Make him your servant. Grant him your wisdom. Grant us your peace. In the name of Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.
When the final votes are counted and the final results are clear, insert the name. Regardless of the outcome, I think you’ll find the words hold true.
As you pray, may you remember:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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