Dear Friends in Christ,
Scripture teaches that God ordained civil government on Earth and that He requires us to honor this ordinance and pray for and be subject to those who lawfully exercise the offices of civil government. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul writes, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” The Westminster Confession of Faith echoes this teaching when it states that we have a duty to pray for magistrates (WCF 23.4).
In keeping with this duty, I invite you to join me on January 20 (Inauguration Day) in praying for peaceful transition of civil authority in the United States and for national, state, and local leaders, and let us also continue to pray for the leaders in our churches who serve in these challenging times.
Rob Roy McGregor III