The head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome recently stated that if one is to be a "good Christian" they should pray for their political leaders, even if they do not agree with them.
Pope Francis made these remarks Sunday in Rome as part of a two-hour closed door meeting with clergy wherein the Pontiff talked about the need to pray for leaders.
"Pray for him, pray for her, that they can govern well…A Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian," said Pope Francis.
The remarks come as Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is enduring pressure from many to step down from his office due to a conviction on tax fraud.
Pope Francis referenced St. Paul of Tarsus, noting that prayer should be made "for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life."
John Bornschein, vice chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, told The Christian Post that there "are numerous references throughout the Scriptures with regard to our instruction to pray for our leaders."
"The Bible cites more than 355 occurrences on the subject of prayer but it is very specific with regard to our responsibility to pray for leaders – even if we do not agree with them," said Bornschein.
"God did not incite a revolt or coup d'état to install new leadership. Rather, the people had their assignment – to pray – and the leaders were held accountable to God Himself for their actions."
Bornschein, who is also senior pastor of Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley in Colorado Springs, told CP about how the Task Force connects with what the Bible and the Pope say.
"We mobilize millions of people to pray for our governing authorities and all the spheres of influence in our nation today, but this is a daily assignment and one that should be taken very seriously," said Bornschein.
"What our government most needs is a godly citizenry who know how to turn the other cheek and continue steadfastly in prayer despite any adversity."