After a tumultuous week in Australian politics, it is worth pausing to think about what we should be praying for our politicians (1 Timothy 2:1-2). With words like sabotage, bloodbath, and revenge describing the happenings leading up to and on Wednesday 27th June 2013, Australians saw our Prime Minister changed by their political party for the 2nd time in 3 years. So all our politicians need our prayers, but what shall we pray? Besides the obvious of praying for just, merciful and good government, I’d like to add the following:
- Pray for Julia Gillard and the her other deposed colleagues. I suppose that whatever your political persuasion, you have to at least recognise that the former Prime Minister must have felt hurt and rejected by her ALP colleagues. It is not easy to accept when your friends turn against you. For relationships have been broken, and professional and political aspirations have been destroyed.
- Pray for the Australian Parliament as many good and experienced politicians leave politics, they will leave a leadership and experience void in Australian politics. With a very shaky looking regional economic forecast and with Australia close to some very significant social reforms, we really need the very best people shaping our government and parliament. Which leads to the final prayer …
- Pray that good young Australians will still enter politics despite what has happened. For the casual observer, it would seem that politics has truly descended into a politics of self-interest and self-preservation. If this is what politics has become, then good people will not go into politics and what’s worse, only the self-interested people will end up in politics. Pray that God will continue raising good people to not only transcend this but change this terrible trend.