LET EVERY person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment (Romans 13:1 AMP)
Paul clearly states in Romans 13:1 that only God can give authority to anyone, and so “EVERY person” (all believers) is obligated to be subject to the governing authorities. God Himself put these rulers in their places of power. They are there by God’s appointment.
He went on to say in verse 2 that those who disobey or rebels against the authorities are disobeying and rebelling against what God has ordained, and they will be punished.
(Romans 13:2 Amp)
Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged [in divine order]. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves [receiving the penalty due them].
Why? Because those who do what is right need not be afraid of the authorities. They are a treat only to evil people. The ruler, whether he is a president, judge, or governor may not know God personally, but nevertheless, he is a servant of God. He is there for your good, unless you are a wrongdoer.
(Romans 13:3-4 Amp)
For civil authorities are not a terror to [people of] good conduct, but to [those of] bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation. For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer.
Therefore, Paul continues in verse 5, believers should submit to governing authorities, not only for fear of punishment, “but also as a matter of principle”, and to maintain a good conscience.
(Romans 13:5 Amp)
Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God’s wrath and escape punishment, but also as a matter of principle and for the sake of conscience.
Does that mean that all governing authorities do the right thing, and at all times or that we will be in agreement with them? Certainly not! So what does the Word of God instructs believers to do? It says that we are to pray for “all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). There is power in prayer and prayer changes things. Bad-mouthing and vilifying a ruler will only come to naught.
But there is hope! God says “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). God wants to heal our land, but there is something we, the believers, must do.
- Humble ourselves
- Seek His face
- Turn from our wicked ways
Are we up to the task?
My Prayer for President Barack Obama and all our leaders
Heavenly Father, I lift up President Barack Obama and all our leaders. I plead the blood of Jesus over them and declare that they are protected and walk in divine health. Give them wisdom and revelation. Help them to know and carry out your perfect will for the nation.
Forgive us and heal our land, Lord, as we humble ourselves and pray, and seek your face, and turn from our wicked ways. Our hope and trust are in You! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
Jesus is Lord!
Glory to God!