Praying for the President

This past week, Franklin Graham called on his followers to pray for President Trump and for protection against his enemies.  It’s nice that Mr. Graham has called on people to pray for the president and also to ask for prayers for his protection, I am a little sad that he has just discovered that presidents need prayers.  I searched his Twitter feed and other writings, and I find no mention of a call for prayer during the presidency of President Obama. I guess we are only to pray for presidents that we like and agree with.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

1 Peter 2:17  – Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

Romans 13:1 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Since I began public ministry in 2004, I have, on most Sundays, prayed for the president and all of our leaders. Sometimes it has been by name, but more often than not, I pray in general for our leaders. We are commanded by scripture, like the verses I quoted above, to pray for our leaders whether we agree with them or not.

So yes Mr. Graham I did pray for the president on Sunday:

“You judge the people with equity and guide the nations of the earth. Give to all leaders and people the gift of wisdom and the spirit of peace, that we may walk by your light as we serve the common good. Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.”

Feasting on the Word, Liturgies for Year C, Volume 1