Some may wonder, Is it really necessary to pray for our president?
In the Bible, Paul says to Timothy:
“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 2:1-3
As I was researching prayer prompts for the president, I was disappointed to find that most of the reasons listed were pleas for what the president should do with his executive powers–not exactly the same as praying for an individual.
It’s an easy mistake to make: allowing our political agendas to shape our prayer lists. But God calls us to something different when we pray; He calls us to LOVE–to sacrificially seek another’s highest good in concrete ways regardless of the outcome.
What if instead of telling God what to do through our president, we actually prayed for him like he were our personal friend? What kinds of things would we ask God for?
Here are 5 Ways to Pray for Our President to get you started:
- Pray that he would have a strong personal relationship with Jesus.
- Pray for his physical and emotional health and safety.
- Pray for his marriage and his relationship with his children.
- Pray for wisdom (fear of The Lord) as he leads this nation and godly counsel.
- Pray for a humble heart and a walk of integrity.
If you’re like me, praying for the president is not part of your daily routine. But it’s a command found in Scripture and an action of love, so why wouldn’t I approach it with the same spiritual seriousness I do others? After all, Paul calls it a “good thing” that “pleases God our Savior.”
If you don’t actively pray for our president, join me today in making this a concrete way to LOVE our president. We may not be able to show up on his doorstep with apple pie, but we can love him and his family by approaching our Abba Father in our prayers.
Are you praying for our president today? Let me know what you’re praying for in the comments below.