Later today, Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts before a watching world and much protestation.
The 2016 presidential election further revealed the deep political and idealogical division of the United States, but regardless of whether or not you like President Donald Trump, you must pray for him.
Remember what Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:1-4:
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (CSB)
If you supported Donald Trump’s campaign for president, you likely do not need to be reminded of the need to pray for him—you have likely been praying for him already.
But, if you are less-than-happy about the fact that Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States, you may need to write 1 Timothy 2:1-4 on a piece of paper and tape it your bathroom mirror for the next four years because, last I checked, Paul provides no clause for “leaders you don’t like” in the passage.
How might we pray for President Trump? I thought of at least 10 ways we can do so, and I am hoping to do these regularly myself:
1. Pray for a spirit of unity for him and for the country over which he is president.
2. Pray for wisdom in all things including domestic policy and foreign affairs.
3. Pray that the Lord would protect him and his family.
4. Pray for him to come to a deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ and the love he has for all tribes, tongues, and peoples.
5. Pray for him to show the love Christ has for him to people on the world’s stage he may not like.
6. Pray that his advisors would provide him with sound counsel.
7. Pray that the American people give him grace for when he makes mistakes.
8. Pray that he has the humility to admit when he has made a mistake.
9. Pray for him to act in such a way that brings honor, not dishonor, to the United States.
10. Pray for him to leave this country better than he found it.
I am heartbroken by what the 2016 election revealed about the deep division within our country and the Church.
In addition to praying for President Trump, I think we should pray for the unity of the United States so that, working together in a spirit of grace, we might do more good for the world than harm to each other.