America has enough critics. We produce them like it’s our duty. One of the roles in The U.S. that is most criticized is the office of the President. Think of the thousands of articles, photos, and sound bytes about the President that are meticulously dissected and expounded upon every day. It’s an American past time!
And while our freedom of speech and the press are rights we treasure, we too often forget that the ones to whom we direct our harshest criticism are more than merely video images and audio recordings on a screen, but real people with real emotions that deal with their own real issues and problems.
You may question everything our current President stands for. You may question every policy and decision he’s put forward. What is not in question is our calling as followers of Christ to pray for him:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)
Remember, that as Paul writes this, he and his fellow Jewish people are still living under an oppressive Roman government. Yet, Paul says, pray for leaders of high position so that “we may lead a peaceful quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” Who doesn’t want that?
Praying for our leaders isn’t just Godly, it’s personally beneficial. We eat the fruit of their leadership.
Take some time to pray for the leader of our nation. Pray that he would know Christ like never before. Pray that he would receive heavenly wisdom to lead our nation toward peace among all nations. Pray for his wife and his children. Pray that the will of God would be done in and through him. I’m praying with you.
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