Presidents face immense pressures few of us can imagine. What should you do if you love the current president? Pray for the president. What should you do if you despise the current president? Pray for the president. No matter who is in charge, we are commanded by God to pray for our leaders. Paul wrote, “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority” (1 Tim. 2:1–2). At the time, Paul was urging Christians to pray for the Roman emperor Nero, a national leader not only with whom they disagreed but also who was truly evil.
Paul’s command for us to pray for those “in authority” includes not only the president but also the vice president, Supreme Court justices, cabinet heads, district judges, senators, representatives, staffers, and unelected bureaucrats who run agencies and remain in the capital for decades, regardless of who gets elected. Each of these people wields authority over us. They all are susceptible to temptation and corruption. And whether you agree or disagree with their politics, they all need our prayers.
A Prayer for America
Heavenly Father, Psalm 33:12 declares, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” I realize that You are not a respecter of people or nations. Any country that reverences You will be blessed by You. And any nation that rejects You and Your Word will be rejected by You. I pray for spiritual and emotional healing for America. Give the president, vice president, the cabinet, Congress, the courts, and federal agencies the wisdom and courage they need to lead our country. Remind them that they work for the American people and that they will one day answer to You. For You are the ultimate Ruler and Judge.I pray this in Your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.
I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
—1 Timothy 2:1–2