By Compiled & Edited by Crosswalk Editorial Staff, Crosswalk.com
As Christians, we are called to pray for our leaders and those in authority over us. Whether you agree with or like the President or not, God commands us to honor the position with prayer and respect. The prayers below can be prayed over the President on Presidents Day or any day of the year as we seek God's guidance for our nation. Take a few moments today to bring our nation's leader before the God of the universe.
A Prayer for the President's Strength
Lord, no matter who is leading our country as President, we offer our prayers on behalf of his/her position. Draw him into a strong relationship with You. Thank You for this one who has pledged his life in service to our country. Give our president a true servant spirit, one who is a person after Your own heart. Anoint him with the Holy Spirit’s power, that he might feel Your strength in every situation. Let integrity and honesty guide every decision as He first looks to You for divine help. Turn his heart from distractions and temptations that could bring harm rather than help to his life, his family, and to the people he serves. Make him a leader in every respect, morally and spiritually strong. Enlighten the president's mind with discernment, wisdom, and fairness.
A Prayer of Protection for the President
Guard our President against unfair criticism and unfounded accusations. When he stumbles, give him the courage to admit his mistakes. Strengthen his character, guard him against hurtful compromise, and give him a listening ear for the people he serves. In danger, surround him and our country with Your angel protection. From the time he begins in office until his time is complete, may the president serve you and our country as a true leader with an undying love, an unswerving faith, and an unending hope in the only One who can make our country great. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Prayer for The President's Humility and Accountability
When others tempt our president to embrace arrogant power rather than humble service, give him an undivided heart. Help the president to stand firm, knowing that You will fight his battles with him. May He begin His day with You and Your Word, with gratitude and praise for the honor You have given to him. Throughout the day may Your Spirit remind him of his purpose and of Your love for him. And when the night arrives, calm his heart with the peace that passes all understanding as he purposes to keep trusting and obeying You, no matter what the cost. As You surround our president with godly counselors, give him accountability to them and the people he serves, but first and foremost to You. Bless him with joy when righteousness and goodness prevail. But give him a heart that weeps for the injustices and sorrows around him.
*prayers by Rebecca Barlow Jordan from 3 Powerful Prayers for our Government
5 Bible Verses and Scriptures to Pray Over the President
Ezekiel 22:30 tells us, "I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one." We are to be those who stand in the gap, who lift up our nation and president with all it favors and faults before the throne of God, and pray that He continues to work in our midst. Here are several Scriptures that we can pray over our president as we seek God's guidance and counsel for our leader.
Psalms 2:10-11 - "Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling."
Proverbs 11:14 - "For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers."
Proverbs 21:1 - "The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will."
Job 12:23-25 - "He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them."
Proverbs 2:1-8 - "My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding - indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones."
May we be faithful, informed and thoughtful when praying and talking to others about our politics, and as we ask for God's wisdom and righteousness to be evident in our nation's policies and leaders.
*excerpt from Jason Soroski's 10 Scriptures to Pray for Our Nation and Leaders