In one Timothy 2, Paul urges Christians to pray,
“for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
As the election cycle continues, and parties make promises to attract votes, Paul’s picture of the purpose of authority offers a good starting point for us to orient ourselves in voting and prayer. Paul does not ask us to pray for leaders who will ensure national prosperity, for leaders who will drive economic growth and create jobs. He asks us to pray for our leaders, that we may live in a society in which we can live peacefully and pursue godliness.
As Christians we hold to a vision for human flourishing that is much richer and fuller than a growing economy, but it starts with a society at peace with itself and others. In the midst of campaigning, when it is tempting for leaders and voters to stir up conflict and incivility, let us pray for the leaders that we get, that they be people of peace – under whose authority we will be freely able to pursue the callings of the Kingdom.