How to pray for leaders you disagree with

There’s no way we’re going to agree with or like every leader out there – but does that give us a free pass to not pray for them? Can we not pray for leaders?

Across the world right now, all sorts of different adjectives could be applied to our thousands of leaders…

God-fearing vs. Self-serving?

Liberal vs. Conservative?

Just vs. Oppressive?

Peaceful vs. Murderous?

Honest vs. Deceitful?

The list could go on forever.

Even when we have a laundry list of complaints about our leaders and their policies, God calls us to pray for them.

1 Timothy 2:2-4

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

But HOW Can I Pray For Leaders?

#1 Ask God to Help Them

Ask God to help them to make wise, godly decisions. Ask God to show them how to lead their country to peace and godliness. Ask God to surround them with righteous helpers and advisers!

#2 Intercede on Their Behalf

Just because your leaders aren’t praying themselves, doesn’t mean you can’t bridge the gap between them and God with your prayers! Pray to God on their behalf. Ask Him to give them wisdom and insight and a heart to do the right thing in His eyes.

#3 Give Thanks for Them

It can sound hard to pray for anyone you disagree with, especially someone whose policies may be oppressing the people you love. But as you give thanks for God’s good plans for them, and that God has a purpose for their life, you may find yourself feeling more compassion for them! It is hard to become jaded and cynical in your heart if you thank God for them. What happens is that you start to see them as people and not enemies.

Matthew 5:44

But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

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Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of L.I.F.E. Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988. He and his wife Sue are currently leading The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca.Pastor Duke specializes in healing hurting churches and bringing revival, renewal, and restoration of the presence of God to the body of Christ in America to make the church spiritual again.Pastor Duke has a few limited dates available to speak in other churches. If your church needs a fresh move of the Spirit of God or has gone through a painful and wounding season, click here.