by Rob Schwarzwalder
"Yet Christians are not given the option of letting their disagreement with their political leaders prevent them from praying for those leaders..."
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
1 Peter 2:13-14
Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
1 Peter 2:17
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
1 Timothy 2:1-3
...that they may offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.
We should pray that they would execute justice.
For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
That they would follow the Lord’s ways and repent if they don’t.
2 Chronicles 33:1-20
That they would govern with wisdom for the “welfare of the city.”
'Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.'
That God would accomplish His purposes through them regardless of their willingness to be used by Him.
The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.