“First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior.”
(1 Timothy 2: 1-3)
As Catholics, we know the power of interceding through prayer for one another. Every day our national and state leaders are faced with making decisions that impact life, dignity, and the common good. Our lawmakers need the power of your prayers interceding on their behalf. They need your prayers for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and wisdom that they may be strengthened in humble service to their constituents and above all to God.
Whether or not you agree with the decisions of those who are in office, those who are now leading our state and country need your authentic friendship and goodwill; they need you – their constituent – as a resource to help inform their decisions. We can do this by building relationships with them; this starts with prayer and sharing the truth of the Gospel.
In prayer, we can ask the Lord for His grace over our elected leaders that each would have the wisdom and courage to pursue the common good. By sharing the Gospel, we can help them understand the importance of their role in defending life and human dignity and why their decisions need to support the common good.
Here’s how you can easily take action to begin building relationships with your elected leaders:
If you have…
One Minute: Pray an Our Father for your elected officials, asking that through their decisions God’s Will be done. Then send a message to your elected officials to let them know that you are praying for them.
Fifteen Minutes: Pray a Rosary for your elected officials asking for Mary’s intercession and guidance in their decisions. Then send a message to your elected officials to let them know that you are praying for them.
One Hour: Spend an hour in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praying that God’s presence would be made more greatly known through the decisions made by our elected officials. Then send a message to your elected officials to let them know that you are praying for them.
More Time: Make praying for your lawmakers a regular commitment, whether daily or weekly. This could be a dedicated Holy Hour, a daily Rosary, or a Novena. Just make sure you let them know that you are praying for them.