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How the New Testament says to Pray for Government

The most obvious passage regarding prayer for government is found in 1 Timothy 2:1,2 when Paul says the “first” priority in prayer should be “for kings and all who are in authority.” The end goal of such prayer was that “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” This implies that good government is essential for this outcome.

Although politics is not the central theme of the New Testament, there is still much in it regarding government, law and justice. And when Jesus taught how to pray He said to pray “Thy Kingdom come...on earth...” To those at that time, the word “kingdom” simply meant “government” to them. Monarchy was the only type of government in that era and usually oppressive. The message of Jesus was truly good news to people because it meant that a new supreme government under God’s control was coming to this world, not just in heaven. Nothing could be more encouraging to hear. People who live under injustice long for change. It is true today as much as ...