I was able to write this before the results of the election came in because my prayers for the two men are largely the same. Let’s be in frequent prayer for all those in high positions, as God commands us (1 Tim. 2:2).

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Our good, gracious, and sovereign God, we pray for the the President of the United States.

Grant him wisdom, courage, and integrity as a man and as a leader.

Keep him faithful, kind, and loving as a husband and father.

Give him a heart for the poor, concern for the powerless, and compassion for the weak.

Put before him the best information and the most intelligent counselors so he can make good decisions about economic policy and judicial appointments.

May he be guided by both courage and restraint as he commands our armed forces.

Make him a defender of the unborn, a protector of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty.

Make him a man of prayer and a daily student of the Scriptures.

Give him humility to admit his faults, forgive his enemies, and change his mind.

Lead him to a firm understanding of the truth of the gospel, a resolute commitment to obey the Word of God, and a passion to promote what accords with your truth.

By your grace, heavenly Father, may our President be a better man than so many expect and a better man than we deserve.

In the name of Jesus our Lord, let it be.

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32 thoughts on “A Prayer for Our President”

  1. Randy in Tulsa says:

    Paul wrote 1 Timothy after being released from his first Roman imprisonment (c. 61 AD). Nero was the Roman king or emperor (from 54 AD to 68 AD), and he hated, mistreated and killed Christians. In this context of persecution by the Roman civil government, Paul instructed the young pastor: “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.” (I Timothy 2:1-2.) Amen.

  2. anonymous says:

    Amen and as President Obama said at the very end of his speech last night: “God have mercy”.
    Lord, please hear too this pray from us all who will unite in it today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cES-bu8vDZQ&feature=related

  3. Alex Johnson says:

    Praise the Lord, for he reigns over all nations and all peoples. His kingdom will come and his will must be done. To the praise of His glory and grace, our God reigns.

    Amen.

  4. Thanks for this piece. This is leading by example. I’ve been encouraged to see the articles by Dr. Moore and others talking about honoring and praying for President Obama. It’s good to have a model, a template to actually pray through every day. Blessings.

  5. Bill says:

    Read this in Calvin’s Institutes this morning:
    Calvin commenting on God’s Providence: “Gratitude of mind for the favorable outcome of things, patience in adversity, and also incredible freedom from every worry about the future all necessarily follow upon this knowledge.”

    May we be increasingly knowledgeable of God’s wise and providential hand ruling all things.

  6. Amen Pastor.
    God has not forsaken us or America. This countries leaders will be held accountable in all things that they do. I believe our job as an alien people (meaning Christians), should keep those in leadership positions up in prayer.
    I ask humbly before the throne of Grace, God, give our leaders over this country wisdom, knowledge and revelation according to your will and word. That your grace and mercy will follow us for the next four years. Amen.

  7. The Believer says:

    Beautiful Prayer, Kevin! I wish every believer would heartily utter the same spirit of prayer for the President and for America.

  8. T says:

    And maybe also pray that God would bless the president. We could pray that he would be successful in his vocation and that he would be able to work together with congress and find real solutions. We could pray that God would grant him patience and humility and he deals with other politicians.

  9. Dr Don says:

    Simple. Biblically-based. Pure motives. Thank you!

  10. dan says:

    “Make him a defender of the unborn, a protector of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty.”

    Obama is the destroyer of these three things not their defender. It will take a miracle for him to change. This would be great if it where to happen but I’m not going to hold my breathe.

  11. Joan says:

    This very morning, when meeting for our daily prayer time, my dear friend prayed for our president. I was moved and encouraged as I was upon reading this.

  12. Indeed, as Miracle Max says, it would take a miracle. I don’t think Obama has the least desire to be saved by God, and I think God will honor that choice. But we can always hope God brings about something drastic that changes his mind.

  13. Alan Hirsch says:

    Kevin, fantastic prayer! Thanks for posting.

  14. The Believer says:

    Indeed, it would take God’s miraculous intervention, a genuine encounter with God, for Obama to turn to God and His Word when it comes to his political views and agenda, rather than his political party’s leanings and advocacy.

  15. Ken says:

    “Indeed, it would take a miracle.” Remember: Saul’s deepest desire was to destroy the early church, going from house to house, dragging off men and women and putting them in prison. But the grace of JESUS extended even to one of the church’s greatest enemies. Therefore, the conversion of Saul into Paul should give us all hope and incentive to continue to lift our nation’s President in prayer.
    Being born dead in Adam but made alive in Christ is a great miracle!

  16. Pam says:

    I’m confused about how we are supposed to pray for unbelievers. I thought these prayers requests could just be accomplished in a Christian’s life because of the work of the Holy Spirit. So can we pray that God will accomplish all these things in unbelievers as well? Scripture support? Thanks so much.

  17. Ross says:

    In 1 Timothy, writing about his former life before his miraculous conversion, the Apostle Paul wrote that he was shown mercy because he acted in ignorance and unbelief. Here in Australia, bagging out politicians is something of a national sport, and some Christians are all too happy to join in. After reading this blog I feel convicted to pray for our atheist Prime Minister.

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