There are Biblical implications that God is pleased or displeased by the choices of leadership. We would do well to present our petitions and prayers to God. ♦
Leaders are mere people like any of us, therefore anyone can rise up to be a leader. A leader may be good or corrupt, wise or dull, idle or ambitious. They may be Christian or non-Christian. They may run households, public and private entities, large and small, even cities, states and nations. They may hold power by force and malevolence or democracy and benevolence. They may attract or repel; they may be role models or public scoundrels.
They may be candidates for the Presidency of the United States.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can divide a nation like no two people in America. Blame them for their flaws; blame the media for telling us or covering for them. Blame ourselves for our visceral reactions. Blame us for our disregard and ignorance.
God, forgive us all.
A Presidential Prayer
In the New Testament the Church is called to pray for our political leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3). In the Old Testament there are implications that God is pleased or displeased by the choices of leadership (Hosea 8:2-4). We would do well to present our petitions and prayers to God.
Here is a Presidential prayer, a prayer for our leaders:
Heavenly Father, we come to You now and pray for our leaders, that their hearts be turned toward You in full acknowledgement of Your power, love and dominion over them as mere people of Your creation. We pray that they will be humbled in heart, soul, body, mind and spirit. That they will each fall on their knees in broken submission to Your authority and will. That this day will be the beginning of a newly surrendered heart and a turning from their own personal agenda and will.
God, forgive them of their sins past and present as You have forgiven all of us who are have been recipients of Your grace and mercy. We are no better or worse in our own plight save we are plucked from wrath as we have accepted the gift of Christ’s atoning death and sacrifice. May our leaders be reminded of this grace and mercy extended to them too as they consider the task of headship and authority over their fellow man.
Lord Jesus, give them wisdom and clear discernment in decision-making and policy, to be measured and guarded in heart and deed. That they will shed alliances of evil and darkness and renew associations with men and women of Godly and noble character, deft competence and skill. Restore and transform their minds to seek all that is right, lovely, holy, and good.
Father, we submit our leaders and candidates to Your judgment and will. That You will expose and reveal what is truth and what is not; that clear light will be shown on what is dark and hidden. That good will rise up and be separated from all that is evil and corrupted. That Your people and this nation will see clearly what was once in shadows and with renewed resolve redirect their hearts toward our Holy God.
Forgive us, Lord, for our own petty differences and struggles with each other. That we might be a united people aligned around hearts of honor, love, truth, and justice. That this nation, conceived in liberty, justice, and reverence for our Creator, will return to a standing of high liberty, justice and reverence.
Now may Your Spirit bless our leaders and Your people, and may our nation be a blessing to the farthest corners of this dark and needy world. So unleash Your fullness on our leaders and would-be leaders, that we and they will rise up to nobly reflect the will of our good and Holy God. Amen.
Are you praying for your leaders?
“Israel cries out to me, ‘Our God, we acknowledge you!’ But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him. They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold they make idols for themselves to their own destruction.” – Hosea 8:2-4