A Prayer for Our President
Russell D. Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics, has penned these helpful words:
The American people have decided that Barack Obama should have a second term. And, behind them, in the mystery of providence, God has decided that Barack Obama would be re-elected, "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established." Romans 13:1.
So how should Christians respond to our once and future President?
Many of us have some disagreements with the President. As a conservative Christian, I believe unborn children have certain inalienable rights, including the right to life, and I wish President Obama would work to protect them. I believe freedom of conscience is the preeminent right in a civil society, and the Administration’s incursions on religious liberty are troubling. I don’t plan to back down one bit on these matters, even as our forefathers Isaac Backus and John Leland relentlessly stood up to the founding generation of leaders on behalf of religious freedom and human dignity.
We are going to disagree with the President on some (important) things; there will be other areas where we can work with the President. But whether in agreement or disagreement, we can honor. Honor doesn’t mean blanket endorsement.
As followers of Jesus, how are we to respond?
God is very clear in His Word.
Not using terms of disrespect for our President. Or giving ourselves to the crazy conspiracy theories passed along on the internet, Isaiah 8.12. Or passing them along to others.
But to pray for all our leaders. That's what God commands His children.
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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.
1 Timothy 2:2
Here is such a prayer, offered by Pastor Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI. He wrote this prayer before the election results came in, because his prayers for both men are largely the same. You may want to use this as a guide as you join in praying for President Obama, and all our leaders.
Our good, gracious, and sovereign God, we pray for the the President of the United States.
Grant him wisdom, courage, and integrity as a man and as a leader.
Keep him faithful, kind, and loving as a husband and father.
Give him a heart for the poor, concern for the powerless, and compassion for the weak.
Put before him the best information and the most intelligent counselors so he can make good decisions about economic policy and judicial appointments.
May he be guided by both courage and restraint as he commands our armed forces.
Make him a defender of the unborn, a protector of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty.
Make him a man of prayer and a daily student of the Scriptures.
Give him humility to admit his faults, forgive his enemies, and change his mind.
Lead him to a firm understanding of the truth of the gospel, a resolute commitment to obey the Word of God, and a passion to promote what accords with your truth.
By your grace, heavenly Father, may our President be a better man than so many expect and a better man than we deserve.
In the name of Jesus our Lord, let it be.
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