How To Pray For A President

Folks, you and I agree that this ole' country of ours, the one we love with all our heart, strength, mind, and will, needs prayer, a lot of prayer. And when we think about the office of President, and the two governing bodies of the Senate and the House, we realize even more that our government needs our prayers in the worst sort of way! This is also true of our local state governments and mayoral offices, cabinets, and all law enforcement offices and public servants. Dr. Charles Stanley, in his "In Touch Magazine", dating for the month of January 2012, offers some guidelines for prays especially when it concerns the President of this United States, which is more like "divided states" than it is "united states". Even today I heard a survey report that says that Americans believe we are more polarized than we have ever been before. We've been polarized in the past, but nothing like we are today! Anyway, Dr. Stanley offers the following ten guidelines for prayers for the president: 1) Pray that the President realizes that he has been given that position by either God's choice or His permissive will. 2) Pray that he will recognize his personal inadequacy for the task and look to God for the wisdom, knowledge, and courage to succeed. 3) Pray that he will restore dignity, honor, trustworthiness, and righteousness to the presidency. 4) Pray that he will readily forsake his political career and his personal ambitions if doing so would be in the best interest of the country. 5) Pray that he will reverse the destructive trends of atheism and humanism that try to dethrone God, deify man, and lead to an ungodly society. 6) Pray that he will respect and obey the Constitution - the protector of our freedoms. 7) Pray that he will reject all counsel that weakens our defenses against aggressors or endorses agreements that would do so in the future. 8) Pray that he will refuse to promote a way of life in which citizens become increasingly dependent on the government for their needs. 9) Pray that he will remember that he is accountable to Almighty God for his attitudes, motives, behaviors, and decisions. And, 10) Pray that he will resolve to help the nation again become a place of creativity, security, national pride, and individual prosperity where God is recognized as the Source of all our blessings. And then Dr. Stanley adds, "leading a country is a very important, demanding job. The President and other elected officials need our prayers, but to be effective, our requests must be more specific than "Lord, bless the President" or "God, help our leaders to do a good job." The above list is a good way to start." All of this he coaxes in the scripture passage of 1 Timothy 2:1-5. Folks, I agree with all that Dr. Stanley has said. And whether you voted for him or not, I encourage you to pray these prayers for our current president, either all at one time, or one at a time, because sorely he needs the council of God. And while you are at it, pass these prayer requests on to a friend and encourage him to do likewise.

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