Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Christ-followers are, firstly, citizens of a celestial Kingdom.  Their loyalty to earthly authorities and leaders are, at best, secondary.  Yet the Bible clearly teaches that God has given us gifts of law, government and authorities for our good.

As President Obama readies to serve a second term as U.S. President, I remind us of I Timothy 2:1, 2: "I urge, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."

I offer this prayer as a place to begin:

"Father God, we pray with a sense of urgency and responsibility.  We know You and You are sovereign, that You rule over all, and that You alone are able to keep us and defend us.  We know our times are in Your hands and our greatest confidence is in You.  We come before you as people who acknowledge our constant need for Your wisdom, provision and protection.

We ask that You would show the glory of Your name in our times and in these days.  We pray with thanksgiving for the gift of liberty and government.  Thank You for those who rule over us, for blessing us, for unprecedented freedoms.

We bring before You President Barack Obama and those in his administration who assume roles of such high authority.  Give this President wisdom, grace and protection.  Surround him and his family and shield him from evil acts and evil intentions of others.  Give him great understanding and bring alongside him co-workers with extreme knowledge and ability as he fulfills this vital responsibility.  We are thankful for his gifts and talents, for his intellect and his power of influence.  May he protect what is right and good.  Change his heart where it must be changed, and give him resolve where his heart is right before You.

We do not place our best hope in horses or chariots.  We will trust in the name of the Lord our God.  Give us a proper spirit.  We know the future is in Your hands, God, and we want to hear You one day say, "Well done, good servants."

In Jesus' name.  Amen.

And be blessed.