The Role of Government (Romans 13:14)
Romans chapter thirteen verses one through four. Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For. There is no authority except from God. And those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed? And those who resist will encourage judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct but too bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good and you will receive his approval for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong be afraid. For he does not bear the, sword in vain. For He is the Servant of God and Avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Again there's so much. That we could talk about pray. About based on these four verses but as we are praying during these thirty one days leading up to presidential election in the United States. These verses are may be one of the clearest pictures in the Bible of God's design for government. How government is instituted by God. Exactly what Romans. Thirteen one says and it's instituted by God for a reason and that reason basically to summarize is to promote good for people. And to protect people against evil. So government is instituted by God and governing leaders given by God for the promotion of good among all people. Under the realm of that government. And for the protection of all people under the realm of that government from evil and government is even given authority by God to bear the sword to carry out judgment against evil all of this under the authority of God according to his word and way the reflects his character. So as we think about the presidential election, what are we praying for when it comes to our government and the leaders of our government? What are we praying for? Romans thirteen is telling us we're praying for leaders who won realize that the authority they have to govern does not come from themselves. It comes ultimately from God. And in this way, we pray for leaders in government who will be humble before God. And then. We pray for leaders who under God's authority will promote that which is good for all people. And wisdom to do that. They will have integrity to do that. They will have courage to do that to remote that which is good for all people and we say the government leaders would protect people against evil. They would that leaders would not be evil that leaders would not promote evil or turn a blind eye to evil but leaders in government would protect people against evil. So with these people significant basic principles of government according to Romans Chapter Thirteen, let's pray God we. Praise you for government? With thank you for instituting. A, system structure. To promote good and protect people against evil in a way that reflects your word in your character. And so we pray for our current president and political government leaders and for our future president. Presidents. Future political government leaders God. We pray for leaders to be humble before you. God we ask for that. Give them. Humility before you draw them. To, humility before you. Recognition. Of The authority, they have under you God do this in their hearts we pray. And God we pray that. You would give them grace by your grace by Your Mercy Oh God give them wisdom to know what is good and to lead people in ways that are good and to discern between good and evil and to lead people away from evil to bring right judgment on those who do evil. God We pray for leaders who love good and Hate Evil God we pray for a government. That reflects what you say. That values what you say is good. And of horrors what you say is evil. God. I, just think about my country, the United States right now amidst his presidential election, we have called so many things. Could that are evil and so many things. That are evil. We've called them. Good God. We're so confused. We Need Your Mercy Oh God help us help us in our lives and and our government. To. Humble ourselves before you. In to align with what your word says is good and what your words has his evil. And to carry out our government accordingly. God we we praise you as the one who has all authority and we submit ultimately to you, and as we submit to you, we pray for governing leaders that you've called us to submit to under you. And we pray even what comes later in this chapter that you would. Help us to honor. And respect. Governing authorities. Governing leaders. And to pray for them as we see in other parts of your word until work with them. As. Citizens for the good of others and ultimately the glory of your name. For the good of others and for the protection of people against evil. God, we praise you for your ultimately good governance over us and we pray for governance in our country. To reflect you by your grace and mercy we break for this in Jesus name. Amen.