I’m seeing a broad range of emotions expressed about tomorrow’s inauguration. And I get a lot of them on both sides. On the eve of a historic (however you look at it) day may I share my heart with my fellow Christians?
It is tempting to allow our opinion of a leader to shape our prayer requests, but my sentiments (good or ill) about a president’s election does not affect my prayer responsibility. Further, praying for a leader must not necessarily be interpreted as a complete endorsement. (If I only prayed for those with whom I agree with or approve of 100% my prayer list would be short . . . or non-existent.)
We are something more than Republicans or Democrats, Libertarians or Independents, we are Americans and as such should desire our nation’s good. As disciples of Christ, we are something more than simply Americans. Our fealty to our Savior and His glory transcends any tribal, partisan, or national loyalty.
I prayed for President Obama for the eight years of his terms. I have prayed for President Trump for the past four years. And I will pray for President Biden for the duration of his term. I ask you to join me in praying for his spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being because:
- Praying for our president is obedience to a Biblical command. If for no other reason, this is a matter of simple submission to God’s authority.
- Prayer has potential to dramatically impact our lives. We are to pray for those in authority so that we may live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
- Prayer demonstrates that we actually believe what we claim. When we do everything BUT pray about our nation’s condition, it says we don’t believe prayer really makes any difference. Prayer not only declares “God can!” it shouts “God will!”
Above all let’s remember the words of Daniel (who served under some interesting leaders): “He (God) changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings: He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”