1 Timothy 2:1-2 – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Carrying on the teaching of Christ, Paul encourages his disciple Timothy to pray for all men, especially those in authority. This may often seem impossible given the policies and positions of those who rule over us, but keep in mind Paul’s reasons. We pray for them that we might live quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. We should disagree with (and even protest) ungodly decrees. However, we should remember Christ’s prayer upon the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). If Jesus Christ can pray for forgiveness for those who tortured and crucified him, then we ought to do the same. Pray for them.