It may sound odd to read:
1 Timothy 2:1-2
1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
Or even odder, to read:
7 ‘And seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’
Knowing now, if you had not read it before, it came from Jeremiah 29:7.
It sounds strange because:
The human heart, in its fallen state, is by nature opposed to authority of every kind.
Experience teaches most secular leaders are as depraved as we were before our Redemption.
Purely secular efforts or systems cannot save our souls.
Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
We reflect the character of our Savior.
Our battle is not against flesh and blood.
Love is owed to all.
The gospel is for all (even our ungodly leaders)
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? 17 For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I'll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!"
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All our Scripture quotes are drawn from the NASB 1977 edition.
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