Book: Proverbs 20
“The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life”
Respecting those in authority and not provoking them is important so that you can live in peace. Romans 13 expands even further on this in the first five verses, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.”
Paul then says that not only are you to submit to authority but you are to pray for them as he writes in 1 Timothy 2:2-4: “Pray this way for kings and all who have authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand truth.”
As kingdom builders it is important to honor God by submitting to those He has placed in authority and pray for them. Who is in authority over you? Ask God how to pray for them and pray for them. See how He works through your prayers.