The Longing for Peaceful and Quiet Lives

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Tim. 2:1-2

Lord Jesus, as I begin this day and prayer, it’s still uncertain who will occupy the Oval Office in the White House the next term. What is certain is that you are ruling the world with your truth and grace. That’s where we anchor our peace and hope, and center our hearts.

Irrespective of how this election plays out, we are to pray for “all people, kings, and those in authority.” It’s hard to lapse into criticism if we linger in intercession. So we pray for our present and future president, and those in authority. In the coming hours and months, may we pray just as earnestly and faithfully for whoever you “set up, and sit down.”

The goal being that we may live “peaceful and quiet lives.” Lord Jesus, we long for peace in our country and world—the “shalom” of your present and coming Kingdom. By your mercy and might, please restrain the evil-making, leading up to and surrounding this election.

But most of all, give us a greater passion for “godliness and holiness”—lives centered on your glory, grace, will, and reign. What we need more than “our candidate” to win, is for you, our King, to pour out the Holy Spirit on us. We need revival. May we not settle for mere lives of “personal peace and affluence.” The Gospel frees us to live for you, not ourselves—for you, “who died for them (us) and was raised again” (2 Cor 5:15). May it be, Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your merciful and mighty name.