The Bible commands us not only to submit, but also to pray for our government and its leaders. It is written in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 that prayers, supplications, and intercessions be made for all people, including the king or those in high positions. In our context, this is our government’s leaders. We should not just pray for our government leaders, but also honor them. It is written in 1 Peter 2:17 and Romans 13:7:
1 Peter 2:17
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Despite the flaws of your government and its leaders, we ought not grumble and always complain, but instead, we are to honor them, respect them, and speak life towards them. You can pray for all the Christian citizens of your nation. You can pray that, despite the imperfections of the government, they shall always choose to respond in a manner that is Christlike and continue to pray for the government: Here is a Christian prayer for a judge of the Supreme Court
Heavenly Father, I pray for all the Christians in my country that they shall honor the government and its leaders, submit to them, and pray for them, instead of grumbling and always complaining about everything. I also pray that they shall continue interceding for the government and speaking life towards it, instead of always pointing out the government’s flaws and our officials. Give them the grace to do what is Christlike and to be the salt and light. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
What does God say about judges?
You may be wondering why we are talking about the government, while the topic of this article is praying for a judge. That is because judges and other court officers are still part of the government. Most governments in this world are democracies. Part of a democratic government is the judiciary branch, which is made up of the courts that interpret the law and execute justice. It is written in Romans 13:3-4:
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
The government is the “sword” that God uses to execute justice. It is the “avenger” that carries out God’s wrath on any wrongdoer. That is why we have law enforcement and justice systems that catch criminals or those who are evil, and ensure that they are brought to justice by punishing them. This punishment comes in different forms, whether through imprisonment, capital punishment, or something else. That is why they are called servants of God, for our greater good. They are rulers that can bring terror, not for those with good conduct, but for bad forces in the country. Imagine if there was no government. There would be chaos and anarchy. Criminals and other people with evil intentions could do whatever they wanted because there would be no law, nor an agency or institution that would enforce that law. That is why the Bible says that the government is made of God’s appointed ministers or servants that God has instituted. It is written in Romans 13:1-2:
1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
How do you pray for the government?
We want to pray for government officials, or in this case, the judges of the judiciary branch, to always serve and execute justice. Here is a prayer that you can pray, not just for a supreme court judge, but also for other judges:
Heavenly Father, I pray for the supreme court judges (or judges of our judicial system) that they shall always do what is expected of them. May they carry out justice towards evil and consistently enforce law and order in society. I pray, Father, that they shall be fair in their judgment and that, whether rich or poor, they shall always judge justly and fairly without prejudice. I pray that they will not bend justice for what they can gain, nor accept bribes. Instead, I pray that they shall always do their duties with integrity. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
There is an inherent danger for those who work in the judiciary. There is always the possibility of bad people getting back at judges for executing justice upon them. In other words, one of the things you can also pray for is the safety and protection of judges. You can say this prayer as you pray for the protection of the Supreme Court judges/judges in the judiciary:
Heavenly Father, I pray that You protect our judges as they do their duties and responsibilities to execute justice and punish evil. Keep them safe from the malicious intent of any person who plans retaliation against them. I pray that our Marshals and other law enforcement officers will do their duties excellently and protect our judges. Protect not just our judges, Father, but their families as well. Keep them safe, just as they keep us safe from evil people. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Most of all, what you can pray for Supreme Court judges or any judiciary judge is for them to be able to encounter Christ in their lives. A Christian judge will always seek to do his job as a judge faithfully for God and with integrity, because he desires to honor God. Here is how you can pray for judges to encounter Christ:
Father in heaven, I pray for the judges in the Supreme Court (or judiciary branch), especially that there shall be an opportunity or open door for them to hear the Gospel. I pray, Holy Spirit, that You shall open their spiritual eyes to the truth of the Gospel and encourage them to bring Christ into their life. I pray that they will see not just Your grace and love, God, but also Your justice, by sending Your own Son to die for the penalty of our sin, so that in Him we may have eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Some good Bible verses that speak about God’s justice and grace are Romans 3:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, and Romans 6:23:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As Christians, we must remember that the final judge of everything shall be Christ. Some people may have flowed through the cracks of the justice system’s flaws and escaped justice, but that is not the case with Christ. In the end, all of us shall appear before the judgment seat of Christ. Judgment for the faith of the believers and judgment for the sins of those who are not (1 Corinthians 4:5)(2 Corinthians 5:10)(Revelation 20:11–15). Everything will be made right by Christ when He comes again.