Cry Out for Salvation and Wisdom to Come to Governmental, Religious and Cultural Leaders

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty (1 Tim 2:1-2; see also v. 3-4; Ps 2:8).

It is God’s heart desire to give His people leaders of integrity, wisdom and justice. In Scripture, believers are commanded to pray fervently for government, cultural and religious leaders. This command even carries a powerful promise from God. (1 Tim 2:1-2).  In today’s world, it is obvious many leaders desperately need new-birth in Christ. In today’s America, more and more politicians and courts are less and less Christian. Yet, through aggressive, strategic prayer even the most godless leaders can be influenced for good.

In Matthew 16:17-19, Jesus gives the picture of a powerful church boldly reaching souls for Christ. Saints, we are not to be “defensive” or “intimidated” by the darkness of sin. As believers we must pray with an aggressive faith to “take the nations for Christ and His glory. We must never forget that “all things are possible with God.” (Jer 32:27; Mt 17:20) Even in a society as dark as ours, leaders can be converted and influenced for Christ! Of course, in praying for leaders we must always remember that in a democracy the elected leaders are a direct reflection those who elect them. We must also understand that God often judges a rebellious people by giving their leaders that are evil and foolish. Even in praying for leaders, our first priority is prayer for society to return to God and Christ receive glory.

  • Holy Father, we praise You for Your power to touch world authorities. We humbly ask for a mighty move of conviction and salvation in government and religious leaders. We cry out for all who influence our culture and laws. Lord, we ask You to grant great wisdom and power to denominational and religious leaders. We ask You to pour out convicting, saving power upon Washington, D.C., the Supreme Court, colleges, universities, media networks and the Hollywood movie industry. Let us not stagger in unbelief at the depth of today’s darkness. Lord, we plead for millions to be converted to Christ in these strategic centers of cultural government/and religious influence.
  • Lord, I repent of any neglect to pray for those in authority. I commit to pray for the salvation and guidance of government, religious and cultural authorities. I trust You to fill me with a spirit of love for my enemies and kindness toward persecutors. As a church, we covenant to pray for our leaders. We repent of shallow prayer and trust Your guidance for strategic kingdom intercession.

(Praying God’s Heart in Times Like These! “A Covenant to Seek the Reviver Not Just Revival, © Dr. Gregory Frizzell, 2009,,, by permission from the author. Download Covenant

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