Today marks the beginning of the 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly. We are reminded to pray for all of these men who occupy seats of authority within our State legislature–100 seats in the House of Delegates and 40 seats in the State Senate. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Apostle Paul exhorts us to do this very thing:
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.
Christians in the Commonwealth do well to remember these magistrates in our prayers. Every year there is always legislation, both good and evil, that comes before the General Assembly. While it is doubtful that any substantive pro-life legislation will be enacted this year, our hope is that the gains that have been made will not be reversed. Pray also that marriage will be defended and that various forms of immorality will not be advanced.
When we pray for the delegates and senators in particular, let us ask for God’s blessing upon them and their families. Pray that the Holy Spirit will restrain them from using their power for wicked ends and that He would change their hearts unto salvation. Pray that they will be moved to act justly and govern with righteousness. In praying for all these things, we are asking for the Lord to pour out His mercy upon us.