prayer for the president

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, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

1 Timothy 2:1-6

I appreciate the faithful witness of David Platt, a pastor in the D.C. area, who had a most unexpected visitor this past Sunday, the president himself. Read, and especially watch the clip where he prays for the president.

There’s no question that we need to be faithfully in prayer, as the text tells us, for everyone, and specifically as well for those in positions of governing authority. Ultimately for the sake of the gospel, as well as for the good of all.

If we prayed as much as we criticize, it might be a better world. At least there would be less of our grumbling. To turn that into petitions to God in prayer, is surely more than a good idea. It’s challenging to try to keep up with the news, which I think Christians should, without becoming swallowed up and consumed by it. To step back, really out of that, and be in prayer for governing authorities, lifting up our specific concerns seems far better than a more or less 24/7 exposure to the news media, available to us nowadays.

May the Lord help the president and all in congress, in the legislature and judicial, to seek him, and have the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom. May they begin to hear God’s voice to govern in a way which is truly for the good of all, and honoring to God. May our prayers include all governing authorities from every nation, even though we surely can’t name them all. And may I be more faithful in the same prayer.  In and through Jesus.