Praying for our Presidents

if_my_poeple1June 7th’s primary elections in five states, including California with its “winner take all” policy, suggests that the Democrat race may finally be decided and the focus for both “presumptive nominees” will turn to the general elections in November.

Already, we hear that President Obama is anxious to get involved on the campaign trail, where his rhetorical skills and “community organizer” background have always “stirred up the water” for both sides.

At election times, we have long urged fellow believers to register, pray and vote.  But, believers are called to pray for our public officials and leaders all the time, and not just at elections.  Paul explained to Timothy:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 

for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

1 Timothy 2:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

I have to admit, that I have not done well at being thankful for our past, present or future presidents. I’m glad when their ideas and actions agree with mine, but I have not focused on being thankful for them.

In Romans 13, Paul calls them governing authorities who are appointed by God, for our good. Proverbs tells us that the hearts of kings (governing authorities) are in God’s hands and, like steams or rivers of water, He can turn them in whatever direction He chooses.

So, let’s pray that our sovereign God will turn our current and future president’s hearts in His direction and will. And, pray that if he/she does not have a genuine, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah and our Savior, she/he will genuinely repent, be spiritually transformed and publicly profess Jesus as Lord, in word and deed!

Finally, let us all be faithful to pray for the protection of our current and future presidents and their families, in these terrorist’ times! May God grant them natural gifts and spiritual graces, sufficient for the tasks and seasons ahead, that we all may live “peaceful and quiet lives, in all godliness and holiness.”

Amen? Now, be sure to vote!


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About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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