As we “discern the times” amidst the turmoil in the world today, one thing that becomes very clear is our need to pray for our leaders.
Most of us are familiar with the passage in 1 Timothy:
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, (2) even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”
There are of course many ways to understand this mandate. But my understanding is based on John Calvin, who understood the interface between spiritual reality—the Kingdom of God—and the human institutions of government.