“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” “This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:1-7
It is our responsibility, given to us by God, to respect, honor, and pray for those who we serve, and who ultimately serve us not just on a national level, but in our own back yards. Effective, fervent prayer comes from a heart that is passionate, and passion is birthed out of understanding and relationship. Please take the time to look up the names of your city and county leaders and pray for them. Lift up your police and fire departments, city and state workers, and all those who ‘serve and protect’. Make yourself available to stop by their offices and stations, get to know them, and simply ask them how you can pray. When you ask, they will tell you! That understanding will transform your heart, and grow into sincerity and compassion for those serving in your own community.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:9-12