Nero had just burned the capital of the empire, Rome, and had just blamed the Christians, igniting the greatest worldwide persecution the Church had ever known. Evidence shows that this was likely the background for Paul, the former foremost persecutor but now the greatest missionary, writing God’s will and solution for the Church for all time:
“I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be made for all men, for kings and all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:1-4).
Thus, we are taught in the Scriptures to pray, even with thanksgiving, especially for our leaders, even if they may persecute us. As Jesus taught, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt 5:44). Thereby we alone imitate our Heavenly Father as we “overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21). God’s Word makes it clear that prayer for our leaders is the means of our peace, (not only primarily public prayer in church [1Tim 3:15], but also private prayer as individuals). On the eve of the elections each year we gather to pray for all our leaders at our capitol and you are invited to join us on Monday, November 4 from 5:00 to 7:45 PM.
The covered parking under the Library of Virginia is free, as well as the delicious Brock’s BBQ for dinner. We will have the privilege of hearing from an outstanding statesman here in Virginia, the former Speaker of the House, Bill Howell. Please register by October 21 at www.capitolcom.org under “events.”
We look forward to seeing you there!
State Chaplain, Virginia