Father, I pray in your name that ______________________ and I will submit ourselves to the governing authorities, and recognize that there is no authority except that which you have established. I pray that we will embrace the truth that to rebel against the authority you have established is to rebel against what you have instituted and only brings judgment. We pray together for our judicial and law enforcement systems, that they will hold no terror for those who do right, but will instead hold terror for those who do wrong. We pray that they will use the authority you have given to them to do only what is right in your eyes and never to do what is evil in your eyes. We pray that the highest standards of justice will be upheld in our land. May those who do right be free from fear of the one in authority, and may those in authority commend and never punish those who do right. We pray that our civil authorities will recognize that they are your servants and have a responsibility before you to do good for us and to us. We pray that those who do wrong will be afraid, recognizing that the state does not bear the sword, an instrument of capital punishment, in vain. May our public officials be your servants, agents of your wrath who carry out your vengeance on those who do evil. I pray that each of us will submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. I pray that we will pay taxes and revenue to those to whom it is due, and recognize that public officials are your ministers, ministers of God, who give their full time to governing. May we also give respect to whom respect is owed, and honor to whom honor is owed. I pray that we will owe no one anything except our continuing debt to love others. Through our love may we fulfill the law that sums up every commandment in teaching us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Grant us understanding of the present time, and wake us from our spiritual slumber that we may put aside the deeds of darkness and put on your armor of light. Cause us to live with a daily awareness that our salvation is nearer than when we first believed, that the night is nearly over, and that the day of your coming is almost here. I pray that we will behave decently, as in the daytime, and not indulge in drunkenness, sexual immorality, quarreling, or jealousy. Instead, may we clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and not even give thought to how we may gratify the desires of the flesh. Amen.