“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” – Proverbs 29:2
There is the tendency, even as believers, for us to major on the minors. But God’s word helps to redirect our focus.
When we think of our leaders, our primary focus must be the heartbeat of God – the souls of men!
Does this mean we are saying their work as elected officials is less important? Not at all!
See what Paul wrote to his protegee, Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1-2:
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”
It’s noteworthy that the direct context of this prayer was for the salvation of all men. The post texts reveals this:
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4
However, we can also say that Apostle Paul wanted us to be aware of the fact that leadership requires the touch of the supernatural. It requires our prayers.
Leadership is a matter germane to God’s heart so much that when He came in the flesh, He expounded on how it should be done.
In Luke 22:25-26, Jesus gives a perfect picture of leadership. He said a leader should serve. Although, He was primarily speaking to children of God, the instruction is applicable to the world at large.
In any place (village, town, city, state or country) where leaders exercise lordship over the people and do not serve, there’s bound to be suffering. The anchor text is instructive on this assertion.
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
The reason why this is so important is because satan’s influence is felt when the ungodly rules.
Remember Herod in Acts 12? That’s a clear example of an ungodly ruler who acted based on the devil’s influence.
So it becomes our responsibility to pray that the influence of satan over our nation, especially through ungodly leaders is cut off.
It also becomes both our prayer and desire to see the righteous and godly people strategically placed in positions of authority.
Never cease to pray for your leaders.