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. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 1 Timothy 2:1-6
Why should we pray for our leaders? So the economy will prosper? So we can bear arms? So our taxes won’t be high? Should we pray for our leaders so we don’t have to pay so much for health care? So that gas prices won’t be so high?
This may surprise you, but the reason we should pray for our leaders is so that people will be saved. Here is Paul’s line of thought in 1 Timothy: I urge you to pray for your leaders so you will enjoy peace and the gospel will spread so people will be saved and come to know the truth: the gospel of God’s mediator Jesus Christ.