by Heather Tietz
I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks, be made for all men: for kings and all who are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Fame is a dangerous height. A scan through history will find that many powerful men have fallen off their pedestals from not being securely anchored into God. Perhaps some never tied themselves to God, to begin with. King David himself, even with his heart of gold, let a moment of lust drive him to adultery and murder. Evil rulers and Godly ones, the same, need our intercessions for them. If they aren’t calling on God for wisdom we need to petition God for them. If they are seeking God’s will, they still need prayer reinforcements to keep them there.
God put dreams into the head of the mighty Nebuchadnezzar, dreams that would raise Daniel to a position of authority. He put a dream into Pharaoh’s head so Egypt would be prepared for coming famine. God led King Xerxes to choose Esther for his queen so she could preserve the His people. God can craft even ungodly rulers into His plan.
Our world is full of powerful decision makers. Do they need to be inspired, to be protected, to be stopped? For our own sake, we must find time in our day to pray on their behalf.