It seems like there have been a lot of calls for prayers for the President since the Trump administration took office in 2017. More than I have heard during any previous administration. Certainly more than I heard during the entire length of the Obama administration. Maybe there is a perception that the current occupant of the White House is more in need of prayer than his predecessors. We should be always praying for all our leaders. They all could use a little divine intervention.
I have no problem with prayers for the President and other leaders in our government. Whether Democratic, Republican, or something else, those we have chosen to represent us have an extremely difficult task. It isn’t easy when you know that fully half the people you try to represent don’t like you, and some downright hate you.
A Biblical Exhortation for Prayer
There is a Biblical exhortation for us to pray for our leaders.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
I see four things we are exhorted to do, or “make”, not only for leaders, but “for all people”.
- Petition the Lord on their behalf,
- Pray for and about them, for a close walk with the Lord, humility, love, wisdom, and needs.
- Intercede by bringing specific needs and request from them to the Father.
- Give thanks to the Lord for those who lead (whether you agree with them or not). Their’s is a difficult and all too often unappreciated job.
How I Feel Called to Pray
We are told in scripture that God can turn the hearts of kings (presidents) as if He was controlling the flow of water in a channel (Proverbs 21:1). Everyone thinks he knows the right way to go, the right way to get things done. Leaders often think they have to have all the answers. Some actually believe they do. Others think they know everything.
The Lord is interested in the heart. That is where my prayers for the President and other leaders begins.
First, pray that our leaders seek God and listen to Him. Pray that God’s will be accomplished in and through them, and they receive godly counsel and surround themselves with righteous counselors. The most important thing, of course, is that they would personally know the Lord and the salvation found through faith in Jesus Christ. Then we are ready to pray for all the other things these leaders need.
My List of Prayers for the President and other leaders:
I wrote this list with the President in mind, but it is applicable to every leader.
Pray that he:
- Repent of his sins and allow himself to be held to the highest standard of accountability.
- Come to genuine faith in Jesus Christ, not just a faith of political expediency.
- Govern with Godly wisdom and humbly seek Godly counsel, with the knowledge that no one person has all the answers and all knowledge needed for the task.
- Face his political rivals with dignity, respect, humility, and truth.
- Have humility befitting a U.S. President and put aside pride and arrogance.
- Stand for truth, which will bring true freedom, and cooperate truthfully and honestly so as not to hinder investigations designed to hold him accountable.
- Honor and respect all people whether or not he likes or agrees with them.
- Honor and respect the freedom of the press and their reporting of facts and opinion, and not degrade and demean the press when they report or opine things on which he has a differing opinion.
- Love his enemies, put away hate and give no voice to hatred.
Most of all, I pray that Donald Trump will seek the mercies of God offered by grace through Christ Jesus, bow down and repent of his sins, and turn his life and presidency to doing good.
This is my list. It isn’t for everybody, and I am not suggesting that anyone adopt it. After all, prayer is a very personal activity, though sharing may bring others a measure of encouragement. We don’t have to be in the same camp to pray for someone. One thing I don’t think is possible though is to hate someone and pray for them. Not with any genuineness.
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