Lifting Up Those Who Lead

First of all, I ask that you pray for all people. Ask God to bless them and give them what they need. And give thanks. You should pray for rulers and for all who have authority. Pray for these leaders so that we can live quiet and peaceful lives – lives full of devotion to God and respect for Him. This is good and pleases God our Savior. – (1 Timothy 2:1-3, ERV)

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. – (1 Timothy 2:1-3, MSG)

Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. It is pleasing to our Savior to pray for them. – (1 Timothy 2:1-3, TPT)


The charge we are given in this passage is clear, we are meant to pray for people – for blessings, provisions, and with gratitude; especially for those who are in leadership positions. It does not qualify the call to pray based on whether or not we like or agree with the person in the position. Rather, we are called to pray with purpose so that we might live quiet and peaceful lives. In the wake of being flooded by campaigns that brought out the worst in people, I cannot think of a more important call. Our political views ought not determine our obedience to that which we are asked. Every person who has been placed in a position of authority will need wisdom and grace to lead well. Whether I agree with elected officials or not, I am called to pray. Imagine what the nation could be like if our first thought was to pray for our leaders, rather than to criticize? This is not to say that we ought to stand idly by when there is injustice or wrong-doing, but in the day-to-day, we need to pray for each person who is in a position that represents the people for the people. May we look to the Lord and present our petitions before Him, seeking Him for wisdom and blessing so that we may live in peace.


We are called to pray, All Together for Good

For everyone;

The people who lead,

Let us seek the Son.

His wisdom and grace,

Are needed by all;

And provide the peace,

His love does install.

Let us choose to pray,

For all those who lead;

May wisdom find way,

And fulfill each need.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to pray for people not only around us, but those who are chosen to represent us in leadership – be it in our city, state or our nation. Forgive us for forgetting the very thing that we are called to do, as prayer leads to peace. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would lift up our leaders, asking You to bless them with wisdom to lead well. Show us how to love those around us well, so that those who are in positions of authority over us feel supported and encouraged. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Please bless those who rise to lead with Your wisdom and strength. Be glorified O God, as we lift up people and leaders before You, asking that You bless them with wisdom and strength, trusting that You will answer and grant us peace. Amen.


© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


I call on You, my God, for You will answer me; turn Your ear to me and hear my prayer. – Psalm 17:6

Called to Choose


where we all must choose;

will we live for self,

or share the good news?

For all will be marked,

a sign of our choice;

will we join in song,

praise Him with our voice?

Only the redeemed,

shall sing the new song;

those He purified,

who’ve renounced their wrongs.

To follow the Lamb,

we must hear His voice;

our ears are opened,

when we make the choice.

He makes us blameless,

and keeps our hearts pure;

when we trust in Him,

our hope is secure.

Let roar of heaven,

may the mighty sound;

be held in our hearts,

for we have been found.

(Responding to Revelation 14:1-5)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we have chosen You, we have no need to fear. Thank You that our hope in Your promises, provide permanent reason to praise You. Thank You that in You, our future is secured. Forgive us Father, for fearing the fire that falls all around us. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may stand firm forever, in the foundation You’ve forged in our hearts. May our souls soar at the sound of heaven’s song, as it resonates in the hearts of all who believe. Let our love be contagious, as You have shown us what love looks like. May many come to call You King, and present all praise unto You. Be glorified in all things and at all times. Amen.

Anne update: Anne was able to attend church yesterday for the first time in a few weeks. She went to lunch with friends, following the service. Her move has been postponed until at least Tuesday, and she continues to be held in His strong hands, and loved well where she is. Please continue to pray for healing to be hers, and for His peace and presence to permeate her every pore. Blessings to you all, beloved friends. Holding all hope in Him, Shannon

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present