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A Prayer for Government
By Emma Danzey

Romans 13:1 says, "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. ”

Maybe you are someone who prays regularly for those in leadership or maybe it is the last thing that crosses your mind to do. With so many disagreements and emotional news stations, it can be challenging to remember that God actually calls believers to honor the government because it has been established by Him. Whether we like or agree with those in high places, we are to be representatives of Christ in the ways that we carry ourselves. We can disagree, but show that and speak up in loving ways. 

The government is making vital decisions about the direction of our nation every day. It is our responsibility as Christians to pray for them. We can ask God to direct their hearts and decisions. We can pray for government members to accept Jesus who have not already. We can pray for the protections of religious freedoms. We can pray for God to work within the leadership.

Let's Pray:

Dear Lord,

Thank you so much for being sovereign over all. We praise You for being King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We ask that today, you would guide our government into making decisions that honor You. We pray for discernment and vision for leadership. We pray for a spiritual awakening for those who have been asleep. Open the eyes of unbelievers in government to the gospel. We pray for our president to have wisdom and direction from You. Guide our vice president with insight and integrity. Lead our speaker of the house with knowledge and honesty. Lead our senators, state representatives, governors, and mayors in decision making. Help them to seek You first and Your ways. Bless our supreme court justices with wisdom and understanding as they make life changing decisions for many people. 

God we know that the government is not the enemy, sin is. We pray that any sin and schemes of the Devil within leadership would be revealed and dealt with. We pray against the spiritual attacks on them. We pray for a realization of good and evil and that leaders who are believers would test the spirits and put on Your full armor every day. We pray that lawmakers would make decisions that are in line with Your will and Your truth. Help them to stand with You and not the world. Help them to choose obedience over popularity.  

Acts 5:29 says, “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” God we are aware that not everyone in leadership follows You. Just as You are working, the enemy is too. We pray that if there is ever a matter where the government is asking people to sin against You, that they will stand up for what is right and honor You. Lord, we are called to honor those in leadership, however if they are ever asking us to do something sinful against You, the choice is clear that we must obey God over man. Help us to make the hard decisions if we ever need to. Go before us and help us to represent You well in love.  

Jesus, You told us to give to the government what belongs to them. You said in Matthew 22:21, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Would You please help us to be faithful and fair to the leadership of our nation? You modeled honoring the government even if you did not agree with them. Give us Your strength and help us to live by Your Holy Spirit to make honest decisions in taxes, in voting, and with our words. We affirm that You ultimately are in control and You have allowed certain people to be in government for a reason. Enable us to not live in fear, but to stand in faith knowing that You go before our nation and You have the plan for this world. We trust You, we love You, we praise You. Amen.

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Emma DanzeyEmma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew and they have been married for over a year. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She has the joy of being the host of Her Many Hats podcast where she explores the many roles that women play while serving One God.

Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Currently, she is in the editing stages of her first published book on singleness. Emma also had the privilege of being a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com and check out Her Many Hats podcast on Instagram @her_many_hats.

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