I’ll lay off the politics soon. Just still enduring residue cynicism from Tuesday’s election and I’m absolutely confuzzled at a lot of Christians’ responses. It’s over. If you voted for Governor Romney, you were disappointed. If you voted for President Obama, you got your wish. Now let’s move on and focus on things that we can affect, you know, that Bible word “service.” We can still put into practice 2 Chronicles 7:14, not just on the National Day of Prayer. Can we afford to work and pray like this is our last week on Planet Earth?
I hear the comments: “He’s not my President. I’m not praying for him.” Please let me help you out:
- If you’re a citizen of the United States, enjoying the “American Lifestyle,” and depending on its services like national defense among others, He is YOUR President.
- You do have a choice to leave. Get on the mythical bandwagon moving to Canada. They have nationalized healthcare, legalized same-sex marriage, and strict financial regulation. And of course, they’ve never embraced socialism or liberalism #sarcasm #duhh
- Um, if you’re a Christ follower, you’re commanded by Scripture to pray for our leaders.
“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” (Romans 13:1).
“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, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7)
“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17).
If American Christians refuse to pray for government leaders with opposing ideologies, especially the President, they are only defeating themselves. Not a popular statement in some of my circles, but I want President Obama to succeed. He is my President. America is in trouble. Who cares which party is ruling. Both Republicans and Democrats need to throw down their pride and work together…or they may all lose their jobs. Perhaps their focus shouldn’t be on being right and winning, but on serving the nation. Let President Obama take care of the political, economic, security, and diplomatic issues. Maybe the Church can focus on the spiritual, emotional, and moral? But let’s make sure that our lives our above reproach as well, eh? But surely, we believe and want the best for America whether people acknowledge God or not. He is still in control, now let’s do what He told us to do.
Pray for President Obama
- Safety for he and his family
- That he would always make time for the First Lady and his daughters
- For godly wisdom and a strong counsel of advisors
- For Grace, Strength, and Endurance
- That he would govern with humility, bowing before the King of kings
- That he would always defend ALL the helpless and underserved
- For a spirit of cooperation with Congress
- For favor with world leaders
- That he and his family would follow Christ and experience the blessings of being God’s Children
I can’t speak for the Church, but President Obama, I’ve got your back…