Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Sometimes crises motivate us to take action that we’ve been neglecting.
In my case, talking and writing about praying for our leaders showed me that if I want to do more than a quick “God bless the leaders and help them to be nice to me,” I needed to gather more information. First, I needed to learn who my leaders WERE.
How can I find the names of our legislators?
In the USA, once you learn your legislators’ names, you can look up their individual websites for information. Here is a place to start.
This is where I entered my address to find all our legislators in Virginia. It returned a list with links to their official pages.
I also found this Virginia resource. There is a lot of information specific to Virginia, but the links page is excellent and has many educational resources applicable for any state in the US.
What information did I want?
After I wrote all their names on a document, I found and copied their official website address under each name.
I also copied the birthdays of each leader onto a document when I found it. I’d like to send a birthday letter from me and our children and let them know that we are praying for them especially on that day. Some people didn’t have any personal information on their official webpages; so I looked up their wikipedia pages.
I found their biographies, and looked for information I could paste into my document that would help me and my children have something to talk about (e.g., interests or professional background; policies they are passionate about. Even if I disagree with a politician’s approach to solving a problem, I’m guessing that we may be quite compatible on recognizing that a problem exists.)
I signed up for email updates from each individual office. It doesn’t matter if I agree with my legislator’s positions. If I’m going to pray, knowing what they’re passionate about or trying to accomplish will help me pray better.
Some of the websites have forms where we can schedule an appointment to meet our legislators. Again, if we can put a face to the person we are praying for, I think it would be helpful.
I’m going to print out my page and laminate it. Since I want it printed out, I should put a picture on my document next to each name also. Maybe I’ll make it look beautiful. In any case, I’d like to have it on hand so we can pray regularly for the people God has placed in our lives.
I didn’t look up city government, although perhaps that will be the next thing to research. I also haven’t yet compiled this information for our president and the presidential candidates, but I will.
How are you praying for your rulers and authorities in your lives? How are you helping your children do so? Praying for these people will remind our children where we place our trust and hope. It’s one thing to say that we are trusting God, it’s another thing to actually do it!