Praying for our New President
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.
Jeremiah 29 contains an instructive letter written to Hebrews who had been taken captive by their enemies, and transplanted to the extremely pagan city of Babylon. God offers the following advice:
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 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 29:4-7 ESV)
Jeremiah does not call for them to have a fortress attitude but to engage the culture and "pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."
As Christians, our first and highest allegiance is always to the lordship of Jesus Christ and then to the words He gives us in the Bible. These are the Words of the living God, regarding how to live. Therefore we must pray for our new President and our new Vice President - Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. In a few weeks we will look at 1 Timothy 2:1-2 which says, "First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."
So how should we pray? Let me suggest the following:
#1 Acknowledge to God that He has placed our President and VP in these positions of authority. Daniel 2:2 says that God changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings.
#2 Ask God to protect them from the forces of evil that may desire to do them harm.
#3 Plead that God will provide our President with wisdom so he will see what God desires and that he will be given the right counsel.
#4 Ask God to empower our new President to make decisions that will protect our nation at all times and establish Biblical values leading us to be able to live tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.
#5 Ask that all our leaders will work together and bring resolution to the most pressing needs facing America today.
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In the light of His glory and grace,