"To our Father, who sits upon the throne, whose robe fills the temple and is the Lord of hosts. To You all will bend the knee, and we acknowledge that you are the true, living God in who all authority has its source.
We pray for our leaders today starting with those having spiritual authority over us. We lift up our pastors Toby and Seng, that as they lead our church they would be continually filled by Your Spirit, to protect them from the attacks of the Evil one, to grant them wisdom as they shepherd and minister to the needs of sheep, and to give them revelation as they navigate and plan the life of this body. We pray for our elders, deacons, and small group leaders to know how much they are cared for by you so they can model love to us. Help us to encourage them in their tasks, often unacknowledged but seen by You. May their reward be many fold in Heaven.
We pray for those in professional authority over us for most of our waking hours. We know that the workplace can often have intertwining motives, with those in authority over us having their own authorities over them, and the pressures to deliver results cascading throughout or even overriding the humanity of the workplace. Lord, many of us here are even in that position of authority and so we pray for those that know you in the workplace for grace. Grace and patience for us who claim Christ to recognize the imago dei in those above and below, to help them see more to life than the world offers and to sympathize with the cross pressures above and below.
We pray for those in civil authority over us, for mayor London Breed, Governor Newson, and President Trump. We pray they would know you, that would trust in you, lean on you to make decisions that will bring in greater justice, greater equity, and yes, Lord even greater prosperity so that we may all live lives that are peaceful and quiet, dignified and godly. Give them wise counselors, who can offer clarity and expertise when so much nuance can be lost along the way.
And finally Lord, I pray for us as those under these authorities, I pray that we can trust in your Word more, to pray for our leaders more regularly, to live in ways that call people out to the knowledge of truth as Paul writes in Timothy. Help us to submit well, wisely, and as Peter writes, Honor everyone, love the brotherhood. To You belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
Let's continue to pray for our leaders!