Inauguration Day 2013
Today, we welcome President Obama to the White House for another four years.
Yes, you read it right—welcome. The leader of our country deserves our welcome and respect, no matter where we side with him on our nation’s issues. We need to honor and respect President Obama because of his office of authority.
We also need to continue our prayer support for the President as he heads into another term. Pray for the President’s safety, and ask that God will protect him, his family, and our other elected officials. Pray that President Obama will surround himself with godly leaders and be filled with divine insight—not natural human wisdom—whether it’s spoken through another person close to him or imparted supernaturally.
Remember, prayer for our elected officials enables God to step in and take America where it should be. As Paul encourages us in 1 Timothy 2:1-3:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
There’s something else just as vital that our President needs from us. He needs us to do something about the sharp polarity in this nation between liberals and conservatives.
Yes, I know, that’s an intimidating request. How can you and I change an entire nation? Well, there is a God-given way to do so–and it starts with you. You and I need to recognize how vital peace is to the health of our nation.
For example, if you disagree with our elected officials’ political views, that doesn’t give you a right to badmouth them. You need to speak words of life over them. Confess that God has blessed their steps, ordered their ways, granted them wisdom, given them direction, and enabled them to understand what needs to be done. Speak right words about them, and pray for them.
By the way, don’t pray that God will change their viewpoint to yours; that’s using prayer to manipulate people. Pray that our nation continues to follow God’s will.
The truth is, this is a Christian nation. Much of America professes Christianity. According to Psalm 37:23, the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. According to Romans chapter 8, when we pray in line with the Word of God, we can expect that all things will work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purpose. These are truths we need to align our faith with!
God used evil kings for His purpose in the Old Testament—and none of the officials selected for office last November are evil men. So if we pray for our President and elected officials, God will use them for His purposes too.
I encourage you to allow strife no place in your life. Become intolerant of it. Pray yourself to a place of peace regarding the situations that concern you. Let the peace of God reign in your heart, and refuse to meditate on strife-filled thoughts. As we join together in prayer and strive toward peace, we enable God to continue working in this country.