It is important that we remember those in authority in our daily prayers and devotions. Recently we received news of the Conservative Party winning the General Election and David Cameron continuing as Prime Minister. We also saw a huge swing towards SNP here in Scotland, so interesting times may be ahead. Whatever way we feel about the results, those elected to power have difficult work to do and will hopefully discharge their duties to the best of their ability.
Paul in 1 Timothy 2 and the first two verses gives instructions on worship saying “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”.
We should pray for those in power, asking that true gospel principles will prevail and that God’s will be done. Below are some words from a prayer in the Book of Common Order which though of old style may help us to think through how we might pary for our leaders:
“O GOD, the King of Kings; bestow Thy blessing upon Thy servant Elizabeth our Queen, and all her House; and grant unto her ministers and counsellors, and all judges and magistrates of the realm, Thy grace and guidance; that they may ever labour for the welfare of the people, the honour of our land and the glory of Thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
I wish you all a good summer
Rev Theo Corney