There is a subtle dynamic between our spiritual faith communities and the governments leading our society. One day Yeshua, as King Messiah, will take over the kingdoms of this world (Revelation 11:15). In the meantime, we are called to be a positive godly influence within our societies, through prayer, moral example and actions of social justice.
Praying for government leaders is a priority for us because government leaders affect many people who live under their rule (I Timothy 2:1-2). We can pray for them to have wisdom (Ephesians 1:17) and for God to cause them to make righteous decisions (Proverbs 21:1).
Following an Ancient Pattern
The prophets of ancient Israel would “pour oil” on the heads of the kings. For example, Samuel anointed David to make him king (I Samuel 16:13). We can also “pour out” a spiritual anointing upon government leaders through prayer in order to help them.
This spiritual anointing has two purposes:
- To choose and empower a candidate to become head of the government.
- To help him succeed and make right decisions after he takes office.
Praying for our Leaders
We need to pray for government leaders on both levels. I try to pray daily for the Prime Minister of Israel and the Knesset members, to give them spiritual oil for wisdom and revelation, justice and righteousness.
This is true for judges and military leaders as well as parliament members; and should be prayed for leaders in every country around the world. Currently there is crucial election process going on in the USA, which will likely affect many other nations, including Israel.
Some of those whom I most trust in the USA with spiritual discernment believe that Cruz would be the best candidate. (Perhaps we should pray for a “cruse” of oil for him.) In any case, we should pray for both aspects of the anointing oil: to empower the right candidate and to provide wisdom for the future.
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, March 24, 2016.