Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
I am aware that the exhortation that Paul did in 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 is not very pleasant for everyone. In countries with totalitarian rulers or ruling to the detriment of the majority of the population, it is difficult from the human point of view praying to God for them. On the other hand, what democracy has taught us is that our opinion should be taken into account. In that sense, if we dislike the president of our country, we think we have right to express our rejection.
I can tell you that as far as I’m concerned, I have not been all time according to those in power in places where I have lived. I also admit that sometimes I have been guided by my humanity and I wished that a government which in my view is not appropriate to rule the destiny of a nation comes down. But, from the perspective of God, that is not the correct posture.
Not all men and women who have held power in the world have acted on behalf of the best interests of their countries. I’ve met Germans who were children at the time of Adolf Hitler who are embarrassed to have him as leader of their nation. Within the country where I was born, the vast majority rejects the cruel dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. I know there have been bad presidents, bad kings, bad governors, whom most of the population in each country ends up rejecting.
Why did God calls us to pray for rulers? Would not it be better to pray only for the good and prompt Him to remove the bad? What does 1 Timothy 2:1-4 that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority. So we cannot omit prayer to tyrants, dictators, corrupt or puppet rulers we can have because none of them is excluded from the list of God.
The answer to the first question is clearly explained by Paul: For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. In the plan of redemption is not contemplated destruction of any man or woman. Hell was designed to house Satan and his demons, not humans. If humans go to dwell forever in the lake of fire is not God’s intention but by the decision we make in life abiding in darkness instead of accepting the light.
When we pray for rulers, like any other person, we are asking God to touch their hearts and lead them to the way of salvation. Who run a country have the option to lead to good or evil. Pray for each ruler, whoever he or she is, that God will lead them to the truth. God bless you.