Autumn Wall on Politicians & Prayer

Autumn Wall, online at, is an author, speaker, worship leader, pastor’s wife and mom of three in Indianapolis. She is the coauthor of “Across the Street and Around the World” (New Hope Publishers).

Maybe you’re not called by God to be a politician. But you are called by God to pray for those who are.

In our day, politicians and sometimes first responders bear the brunt of uncharitable comments, but the vast majority of these people are in their roles because they genuinely want to serve the public.

As Christians, we are called to pray for our leaders, even if we don’t agree with them. As the apostle Paul exhorted: “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” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Here are some simple ways you can be an encouragement to those in leadership.

— Learn who your city, state and national leaders are. Make a list of their names and jobs so you can pray specifically for them.

— Meet your mayor or city council members in person and tell them, “Thank you for your service — I’m praying for you.” Purchase a Bible to give them as a gift and write in the front a verse you are praying for them.

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Source: Baptist Press