On Praying For Kings and Those In Authority
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
I Timothy 2:1-2
These words, like Romans 13:1ff., have been grossly misunderstood. Paul asks us to be intercessors. Intercession was then a royal prerogative, or, on a lesser level, that of a state-recognized priest. According to Revelation 1:6, we have been made "kings and priests unto God and his Father" by Jesus Christ. To be an intercessor for Caesar or any ruler is to say he is below us in rank before god because he is not a believer. Perowne has called attention to the fact that such intercessory power for Caesar "simply confirmed (for the Romans) that they (the Christians) were a seditious and subversive organization." It is a perversion of Paul’s intent to pray simply, "Lord bless the president, bless congress, bless our governor," and so on. It is usually true that they need, not blessing, but conversion and even judgment.
R. J. Rushdoony, "Sovereignty"