Let me start with a little confession, I am not thrilled with the current political climate in the United States. I am not thrilled with the president that will be sworn in tomorrow. Truthfully, I can’t imagine a scenario that would have made me thrilled this year, short of #16 coming back to life and leading our country. However, starting tomorrow Donald Trump will be my president.
I can tell you a couple things about this. One, this did not surprise God. God was not sleeping or in the bathroom when this came about. He isn’t caught off guard by current events, He is sovereign over every grain of sand, blade of grass, and person that walks the face of this earth. He has not left His throne. He is not scratching His head in disbelief. Two, scripture commands me the Christian to pray for those in leadership.
1 Peter 2:13-14
13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
1 Peter 2:17
17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
1 Timothy 2:1-3
2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
Do you know who was in leadership when Paul and Peter penned these letters? Nero. Nero murdered his brother and both of his wives. He burnt Rome and blamed the Christians. He covered some Christians with wild animal skins and let dogs tear them apart. He then used other Christians as human tiki torches. That’s the kind of leadership God through Peter and Paul called His people to submit to and pray for.
How can we pray for President Trump?
We pray that God gives him wisdom. We all need wisdom to navigate what this world throws at us. How much more does the person that is head of the United States need wisdom. We need him to exercise wisdom for our sake.
We pray that he executes justice. True justice is giving people what they are due whether punishment, protection, or care. Biblical justice involves making individuals, communities, and the cosmos whole by upholding both goodness and impartiality. True justice seeks flourishing for ALL. We pray that justice is done for everyone. We pray that voices are given to the voiceless. We pray that he executes justice for the orphan, for the stranger, for the widow, for the person of color, for the poor, and for everybody.
We pray for his family. One thing I appreciated so much about President Obama is how much he seemed to love his wife and kids. I pray that God blesses President Trump’s marriage and kids.
We pray for his salvation and sanctification. I don’t personally believe President Trump is saved. I could be wrong, but we can agree to pray that the Holy Spirit leads and controls him, that he bears the fruit of the spirit. We can pray that he reads his bible. We can pray that God humbles him. We can pray that he finds a community of believers to worship with. We can pray that he shuts down his twitter account. Scripture tells us that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Out of the abundance of the heart, the finger tweets as well.
We can pray that God changes him. Not to be like us, but to be like Him. Opinions aside, it would be ignorant to not pray for the man in charge of your country. God is in the business of changing people.