I spent the day in Topeka, at the Capitol building (one of the most beautiful in the United States), praying for the legislature. The words of the Apostle Paul to the young pastor, Timothy, came alive to me in a new way today-
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. -1 Timothy 2:1-2
Several months ago I was asked to be part of a steering committee that would plan a special luncheon to be held for members of the Kansas state legislature. Capitol Ministries, led by Dennis Dull, was spearheading this luncheon and provided the administrative oversight to make the event happen. This morning and afternoon we had the event and I believe it was a great success. We had several members of both the Kansas Senate and House come for the luncheon where many of us pastors were able to meet them and let them know of our commitment to pray for them. The luncheon included testimonies from two members of the legislature as well as an encouraging message from God's Word provided by a Kansas City area pastor, Tom Nelson. Pastor Nathan and I had the opportunity to talk directly with the senator from our district, Dennis Wilson, and were impressed with his commitment to governing well for the glory of Christ. We also had the privilege of being introduced to the entire House of Representatives at the beginning of their session and again later to the Senate as they began their business. Further, we spent some time, as pastors, praying for the legislature on the third floor of the rotunda (an architecturally gorgeous part of the building) as the representatives and senators were scurrying to and from their committee meetings.
I was blessed by the whole event and will genuinely strive to be more active in praying for those who govern on our behalf. To top it all off, I was even given the privilege of opening the Senate's session (in the room shown immediately above) with prayer. Here are the words I prayed:
Heavenly Father, thank you this day for the state of Kansas and all the senators here gathered for the purpose of conducting business on behalf of the residents of this state. Lord God, thank you for giving us the opportunity to live in a country and state that provides citizens the opportunity to participate in the legislative process.
Lord God, by the ministry of your sovereign Spirit, may your blessing and guidance be upon these elected officials here gathered both individually and corporately as a senate.
As individuals, please guide, direct, and encourage the senators. Protect them from making rash or unwise decisions, grant them wisdom that allows for taking actions that honor you.
As a Senate corporately, please grant a spirit of civil discourse and an exchange of ideas that includes respect for one another. In the end, may all the actions taken by this body serve the state of Kansas and her resident’s well, which is another way of asking for your Will to be done in and through this legislative body.
I lift this prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.