1 Timothy 2:1-2 ”Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”
The Bible makes us understand that it is through a nation’s right standing before God that exaltation and prosperity comes (Proverbs 14:34). From Old Testament study of the nation of Israel and Judah, the nation moved in the direction of the leadership of the nation. When a king of Judah served God, he brought about religious reform, and the nation prospered, and the converse brought about desolation in the land (2 Kings 18:3). However as a people we have a responsibility to pray for leadership. This is not limited to governmental leadership, but any form of leadership we have been placed under, we ought to respect, and pray for them. Leaders are God’s servant, whether they are aware of this fact or not, they are working for God for the benefit of the Church (Romans 13:1-4), but the church has a responsibility, which is submission to authority and prayer.
Abraham interceded with God on behalf of Sodom (Genesis 18:20-33). Moses stood between God and Israel, and saved it from destruction (Exodus 32:11-14). When Achan sinned, Joshua pleaded the people’s case before God (Joshua 7:6-9). In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God says “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways…” The prosperity of a nation or an organization is as much dependent on the attitude of the people as much as that of the leadership. When the people set themselves aright, God says “then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Scriptures to Meditate: Rom. 13:1-4, Isa.45:1-4, Ps. 74:20, Ezek.22:30, 2 Chron. 26:4-5