Pray for those in authority over you because their sins have terrible repercussions for the lives of many. Pray that they will do right and spare us all the disillusionment.
By this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. (2 Samuel 12:14)
David had committed a horrible succession of sins. When Nathan, the prophet, confronted him about them, David finally confessed and sought the Lord’s forgiveness. God did forgive him, but the serious consequences remained. Israel’s enemies would now be making fun of God. David’s actions had been so alien to the Lord’s teachings that he was causing God to be ridiculed. “After all,” they would say, “if this man of God, who is supposed to be a good man, is your king and he acts like this—committing adultery, murdering a woman’s husband, and then marrying the woman—hey! Y’all are no different from us!”
All of us have been around ministries when a spiritual leader has fallen into sin, and we know the disillusionment that occurs within the ministry. But we also know the mocking outside the body of Christ. “He’s supposed to be a man of God! He’s no different from me or anybody else!” And that is yet another negative consequence for sin in a Christian’s life.
Pray for your spiritual leaders. Pray for your government leaders. Pray for those in authority over you because their sins have terrible repercussions for the lives of many. Pray that they will do right and spare us all the disillusionment.