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1 Timothy 2:1-2 - Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority

NIV I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
KJV 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.
NASBFirst of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:1-2


As we approach the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, Christians are given a mandate for rulers: we are to pray for them. We are to give thanks for them. No matter what your political position, followers of Jesus Christ are to pray for God's blessing upon President Obama and his administration. This mandate isn't based upon our agreement or disagreement with policies, but in praying for our leaders we are saying that our trust is ultimately in God for our well-being. Can we give thanks for Governor Blagojevich? To pray for the office is to trust God to work with the person who fills that post. It renders to Caesar that which is Caesar and to God that which is God's.

Today's commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, Grace NYC