Every election and administration elicits joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, excitement and caution. Honest Americans fall somewhere between those ends of the spectrum. Many I’ve talked with who voted for President Trump express a sense of caution about what’s to come, and those I’ve talked with who voted for Hillary Clinton have expressed that they, likewise, would have a set of concerns had she won the election.
Rarely do we vote for or support someone with whom we 100% agree, but as Christians there is one thing in which we do find agreement when it comes to the office of the President of the United States of America: we must pray.
Because I know I need regular reminders about the importance of prayer for our leaders and government officials, here are a few to set our minds upon (emphases mine).
Romans 13:1–4 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
1 Timothy 2:1–3 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior…
Being that the leaders of every government are placed in their posts by God and are considered His servants for our good, Christians must pray for them. Here is a list of specific prayers for President Trump and other government officials, not just for today but for the days to come:
- Lord, give President Trump wisdom to make wise decisions for the benefit of all people.
- Lord, give President Trump the boldness to protect all human life, from conception to natural death.
- Lord, give President Trump the compassion to care for those who are marginalized and oppressed in our society.
- Lord, grant President Trump the humility to know that You are the only sovereign God.
- Lord, use President Trump to bring unity to our country.
- Lord, help President Trump to lead with justice and honesty for the good of our country.
This is also a time that we should pray for the Church in the United States:
- Lord, remind us that we are citizens of a heavenly city before an earthly one.
- Lord, embolden us to live faithfully by making disciples of all nations.
- Lord, instill in us a confidence that only the Gospel can change the hearts of mankind.
- Lord, allow us to be known for our love of Christ, our love of neighbor, and our love for one another.
- Lord, give us the boldness to speak up on behalf of the marginalized, the oppressed, and the overlooked of our society.
- Lord, help us to live peaceful and quiet lives that show honor and respect to those in authority.
Zac Hess joined the pastoral staff in 2013 after serving as an intern during his seminary studies. He grew up on a farm in Ashland, OH and later met his wife, Sarah, who grew up as part of Grace Polaris Church. Zac pursued biblical studies at both Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary. He loves sports, the outdoors, reading, and a good cup of coffee. Zac and Sarah are the proud parents of Jacob.