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Session 2

We don’t have to agree to pray

Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-8

In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul says, “I urge then, first of all, 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.”

As Christians, we are called to pray for those in authority: pastors, bosses, supervisors, managers, parents, school teachers, administrators, political leaders, etc. Not only are we called to pray for them, but we’re also told to thank God for each of these people.

It’s important to remember that anyone in a position of authority has been put there on God’s authority (Romans 13:1). How we feel about them, their work or their policies does not excuse us from the call on our lives to pray for them. Paul also says in 1 Timothy 2:8, “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” There are no conditions to this calling. We are simply called to pray, no matter our opinions.

Praying for and encouraging our leaders isn’t about asking God to find someone to take their place. Eventually every leader must step down, and it’s important that while they are in authority, we be willing to submit to God’s will for their lives—and ours— by thanking God for them and praying for their salvation, their protection and their ability to guide us and make wise decisions.


  • Who is one leader you can stop and pray for right now?
  • When was the last time you encouraged or thanked someone who leads you? Set aside time this week to let at least one of the leaders in your life know that you appreciate them and are thankful for them.
  • Have you ever refused to pray for leaders because you didn’t like them or disagreed with something they said or did? Why is it important to pray for people, even when we disagree with their decisions?

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