Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:

whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him… Live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor1 Pet. 2:13-17

Heavenly Father, it’s Presidents’ Day in America—a grand day for taking to heart these words from the apostle Peter. As I meditate on this passage, I stand convicted by your Holy Spirit.

I’ve vexed, wrangled, and criticized leaders more than I’ve prayed for them—on “both sides of the isle.” Aggravation and distrust have come easier than prayer and gratitude. Forgive me, and by the power of the Gospel, grant me a better attitude.

It’s humbling to realize that when Peter wrote this letter, the despotic narcissist Nero was the sitting emperor in Rome. Corruption permeated both religious and secular courts. But Peter clearly lived with greater faith in the King of kings than fear of the madman of madmen. I want to be more like Peter, Father—no matter who is elected in November 2020.

Hope, concern, and redemptive engagement are the order of the day. For you’ve already installed your Son as king of the universe (Psalm 2). Jesus’ kingdom has come and will come in fullness one Day. Jesus is the only king who died to make rebels, like us, his beloved people and Bride.

Father help us live with more confidence that you continue to “set up and sit down” kings and presidents, premiers and governors at your bidding. Election year 2020 is going to stretch all of us. Show us what “doing good” looks like as dual citizens of our country and your kingdom.

Help us use our freedom wisely, and to show proper respect to everyone, including those who currently occupy the White House. Grant our leaders wisdom beyond their experience and hearts directed by your hand. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ glorious and grace-full name.