As Christians, we pray for our government and its leaders as they govern our nation. However, we are not only to pray for our leaders or government officials in the national office, but also for those in our local government, like our state, county, or town. In the Bible, it is written in 1 Timothy 2:1-2:
1 Timothy 2:1-2
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
We are to make prayers, supplications, and intercessions for all people, whether they are our fellow brothers/sisters in Christ, a family, an enemy, a workmate, or those in government positions. Praying for our government’s activities and everything they do, even during our city council meetings, is a good thing to pray for. You can say this prayer for all Christians to be faithful in praying for their own government:
Heavenly Father, I pray for every Christian in every town, county, city, or state in my nation, that they shall always include both our federal and local government leaders in their prayers. Instead of rebelling or criticizing the government, I pray that they will instead respond by praying for the government to do that which is right in Your eyes, God. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How do you pray a short prayer in a meeting?
Sometimes, the case of a Christian praying for their city council meeting is not from the standpoint of an ordinary citizen, but from someone who is part of the council itself. There are some Christians who work in the government. Suppose you are a Christian councilman and you are about to have a city council meeting to discuss an important agenda and make some policies. In that case, you can start by praying before the meeting, or begin the meeting with a prayer, if you are in the position to do so. If not, you can volunteer to pray. As a Christian in the government, remember to be the salt and light there. It is written in Matthew 5:13-16:
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
One of the ways to be the salt and light is by praying. Though it does not replace preaching the Gospel, praying still makes a great impact by praying about Christ and what is right in the eyes of God. It is also one of the ways for us to be a witness of Christ to those who don’t know Him. It is written in Acts 22:15:
For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
As a councilman, here is a prayer you can offer as you start your meeting:
Heavenly Father, I thank You for having this privilege of serving our [city, town, county, etc.]. I pray, Father, that as we discuss our agenda and craft policies for our city, we will always put the people’s interest above our own. Remind us, Father, that we are in this position not to be served, but to serve the public, just as Christ, who is king, came not to be served, but to serve and ultimately die on the cross to save us. I also pray, Father, that we will uphold what is moral and rational. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How do you pray for a successful meeting?
As mentioned above, city council meetings usually have set agendas. They also make policies for the city that they are governing. For example, if there is an issue regarding employment, the city council may make a policy to address those issues. Hence, you can pray for a productive meeting where the city council will be able to tackle all that it needs to tackle and be productive. However, you don’t just pray for things to be done. You should also pray that the solutions or policies they come up with are the best possible ones. Here is an example of how you can pray for a successful meeting as a councilman. You can pray this on your own or when you start a meeting:
Heavenly Father, I pray that we will have a productive meeting today. I pray that we will be able to discuss and tackle the important things we need to tackle and be efficient in handling those things. I also pray that You give us the grace to come up with the best possible and morally right solutions that would best benefit the people we serve. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
What are some good prayers to say?
If you are a citizen, your job is to pray and intercede for the city council meeting that is about to happen or is currently going on. It is written in Philippians 4:6:
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Whatever concerns you have regarding the city council, you ought to make those prayers and supplications known to God. Here is one way you can pray for your city council meeting:
Heavenly Father, I pray that You will guide our councilmen as they meet and discuss matters with regard to our city. I pray they shall choose to do that which is moral and rational. I pray that their motivation in everything they want to do is the good of the public and not their own. I pray that they will be able to solve our city’s problems and make good policies that address them. Help them to be competent and excellent in their governance. Most of all, I pray that those councilmen who don’t know Your Son Jesus will get to encounter Him, surrender their lives to Him, and live a life that glorifies You, God. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
In the end, the best thing we can pray for is the salvation of those councilmen who are not yet followers of Christ. We can pray for moral decisions to be made all we want, but that will be hard for someone to make sense of and uphold unless they are a follower of Christ, whose desire is to glorify God and obey God’s moral laws. That is why, in the end, the Gospel of Christ is the ultimate solution to everything.