Daily Reading and Prayer – January 20

Romans 13:1-7

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.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.  Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Prayer

How to Pray for Government Leaders

–              Pray that they would be in relationship with God

–              Pray that they would recognize their own need to depend on God for knowledge, wisdom and for the courage to do what is right.

–              Pray that they would reject all counsel that violates righteousness and resist all pressure to violate their own conscience.

–              Pray that they would rely upon prayer and the Word of God as their source of daily strength, wisdom and courage.

–              Pray that they would bring dignity, honour, trustworthiness and integrity to the office that they hold.

–              Pray that they would remember to be good examples in their conduct to the people of their nation who look to them for leadership.

–              Pray that they would be reminded daily that they are accountable not only to themselves, not only to their constituents, but to Almighty God for the decisions that they make.

(from familyaction.ca)