Every day, our politicians give updates on the coronavirus pandemic. In some locations, restrictions are easing and the news is good. In other places, the virus is still rampant.
At times like this, it’s easy to be critical of our leaders. ‘If they’d done something sooner, we wouldn’t still have this many COVID-19 cases.’ ‘Why are they so slow at re-opening businesses? Don’t they know I need to get back to work?’ ‘This is all a government conspiracy. They can’t tell me what to do.’
I think most of our politicians have done a wonderful job in difficult circumstances, but I too have jumped on the ‘criticism bandwagon’ at times. There’s one leader in particular who seems to annoy me every time he opens his mouth. Surely, it’s okay to criticise him!
However, Paul suggests a more radical approach.
I urge … 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. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:1-4).
Remember that our leaders are navigating a minefield no one could have predicted. Sometimes we’ll agree with their choices and sometimes we won’t. But even if we believe some politicians aren’t doing the best thing by their constituents, isn’t that all the more reason to pray for them?
Here’s a challenge for all of us. Every time we feel like criticising a leader in the next week, let’s pray for them instead. It will make a difference.
Dear Lord, our leaders have a huge burden on their shoulders. Please place men and women around them who can provide wise counsel and support. Please help our leaders to make the best decisions so that this virus will be eradicated and our communities rebuilt. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Q1 What are some of the good initiatives that leaders have introduced during this crisis? Spend some time giving thanks for those things.
Q2 What specific issues are facing the leaders in your city, state or country? Spend some time asking God to help your leaders make wise decisions in those areas.