Today we inaugurate the 45th president of the United States of America. You might be excited, or you might be filled with apprehension. Whatever side you are on, we know one thing for sure.
We are called to pray for our new president and leadership. Paul wrote to young Timothy during a politically tumultuous time in their world:
“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 Timothy 2:1-2).
We can pray for the peaceful transition of leadership. We need to pray for wisdom, strength, integrity, and God’s blessing and guidance for the new President, his family, and his staff.
The book of Proverbs reminds us “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord.” Daniel assured his people that "the Most High rules in the kingdom of men” and “He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 4:17, Daniel 2:21).
I am encouraged by those words! And I look forward with eager anticipation, praying that we, as a nation and as individuals, will heed God’s promise:
“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” —1 Chronicles 7:14