Pray for the president

Jun 29, 2020 by

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For any president to become God’s servant for the people’s good is a high calling. That’s even more the case for those who claim to be Bible-believing Christians, as the current U.S. president does. Expected leadership qualities include “what God requires . . . to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

One way to honor the office of the presidency is to pray for the president (not in favor or against, in politically partisan ways) as an intercessory spiritual practice.

How, then, shall we pray today in the midst of a pandemic and rampant racism, nationalism, economic inequality and social injustice?

Led by the Holy Spirit, we pray together with spiritual discernment. We “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) according to what has been revealed to us regarding God’s will of shalom for humanity and the care and well-being of Creation. Several guidelines follow in connection with the president’s vocation to be God’s servant for the good of the people.

— We pray for wisdom and truthfulness, understanding and discernment. We pray that mendacity and falsehood cease, so that this servant of God not be a mediator of the evil deceiver who falsifies reality.

— We pray for mercy, compassion, community building and grace. We pray that violent speech and incitement to violence, vindictiveness and divisiveness cease, so that this servant of God not be a mediator of the evil divider who promotes hostility and enmity.

— We pray for justice, peace and courage. We pray that abuse of power and trivializing/debasing of the presidency and of his high call cease, so that this servant of God not be a mediator of the evil deluder who tempts and misleads.

— We pray for ourselves, so that “righteous indignation” not become festering hatred. We pray like the psalmist, lamenting and requesting deliverance from evildoers and that God (not us) mete out justice against them.

We pray knowing that we still must pray like Jesus’ disciples: “Lord, teach us to pray.”

Daniel Schipani
Elkhart, Ind.

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