“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”. - 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Whether you celebrated all night because you voted for Barack Obama or were disappointed because you voted for John McCain, each of us as Christians has the obligation to pray for our new President. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:1-3: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”.
Regardless of who the new president is, he is not the savior of America – Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Only He can turn this nation around and stop crime and injustice. Only Jesus can bring prosperity and blessings to our nation. It is time for believers to stop complaining or boasting about an earthly man in an earthly office and start praying that the Son of God, the President of the Universe, will empower our new President.
While you will never agree fully with anyone in the Presidency, now is not the time for harsh words, bitter talk or angry statements. I’m not saying you can’t disagree with an administration because of your beliefs and convictions. When injustices, wrong motives, or sin are present in anyone in politics, we as American citizens should make our voices heard to the appropriate people, not just anyone who’ll listen to your complaints. We should also shower the situation in prayer.
The new President will surely need our prayers because he and his administration face huge, serious challenges to the health of our nation and to peace in the world—challenges that neither he nor any government on earth will have the power to overcome without divine aid.
Now is also not the time for blind faith in a man to save our country. Whether you are thrilled or disappointed about our new President, he is still our President and the Bible says we must pray that he and his administration will hear from God and act according to Scripture, not popularity or pressure.
The reason our country is in such bad shape is because men have forgotten God. Past presidents have forgotten that all wisdom, provision, protection, power, discernment and authority come from God. Some have forgotten that our democracy is the product of the Judeo-Christian understanding of God and humanity. The men who shaped this country were the same men who were shaped by God. Without the revelation that man is created in the image of God, our founders never would have recognized the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
There is a clear pattern in scripture: when the people of God turned away from Him and worshipped false idols, the result was always disaster. This is a time to repent and pray. We need our President and his administration to be people who hear from God and make righteous decisions. It’s a time for Christians to lead, encourage, and pray for our new Presidential administration.
If you are full of complaining, murmuring, and bitterness because your choice for President was not elected you are in sin and need to repent and begin praying. If you are full of pride, haughty, and arrogant that your choice was elected, you are in sin and need to repent and begin praying for our new President.
May God inspire, direct and protect our new President. God desires us to pray for his wife and daughters. You should use your worship time, family time and private time to ask God’s blessings on Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and all the men and women who serve and lead our country. I pray the 44th will rely and depend on the 1st – Jesus Christ.