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Praying for President Obama

On Sunday I told my church that after the election half the country would be elated, confident that all would be right in the world because their candidate won; the other half dejected and sure that the world had ended because their candidate lost. But Christians should realize that both sides are wrong. If you voted for Obama, he isn't worthy of your ultimate hope. And if you didn't vote for him, don't despair as though Jesus isn't reigning over the world.

Those who call Jesus their Lord can be filled with a quiet peace and confidence in all seasons. Our Savior is never in the White House. Our Savior is Jesus. We must turn to him with joy and faith. And as we do let's pray for our new President Elect that God would give him wisdom and grace to lead our nation in the days to come. My friend Justin Taylor shares the following helpful words:

No matter who you voted for--or whether you voted at all--it's important to remember that, as President, Barack Obama will have God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God (Rom. 13:1, 4) to whom we should be subject (Rom. 13:1, 5; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).
  • We are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
  • We are to thank God for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
  • We are to respect Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7).
  • We are to honor Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).
There are many qualifications to add to these exhortations--for example, see this excellent post by John Piper--but it's still important to remember that these are requirements for all Bible-believing Christians.
Though I deeply disagree with Barack Obama on certain policy issues (most notably his support of abortion), I am committed to praying for him and his family in the years to come. And I am grateful to God that in his election our country has taken an important step away from its sad history of racism and prejudice.

Comments (18)

Great post josh. I am not an American but I have prayed and will still pray for the US and the new president. I'm with you on that. Like what Obama said, God Bless America.

Thank you so much. That was very well phrased.

I wanted to type something similar, but this is so much better.

great post. thank you.

I'm so glad our Savior is the ultimate hope not a political leader.

While this will be most difficult to do - it is what we must do.

Possibly, God's will for this time in America was not so much to see righteousness return (as we think it should) but rather that the Church in America realize our need to seek the heart of the Lord through prayer - and not selfish prayers.

Thank you Josh

Great comments Josh. I think we should also pray for spiritual blessings on Barack's life. And that God would show him Grace.

That is such a comfort. When I woke up this morning I was so depressed/scared of what might come, but after reading your post it really gave me peace about the whole thing.

Thank you!

Josh, thank you so much for sharing this on Sunday. It served me so much to be reminded that my hope should not be in a candidate being picked or not picked, but only in God. I heard of some churches risking their tax-exempt status by instructing their congregation who to elect. It is so encouraging that my pastors have so much faith in God's sovereignty that they do not feel the need to instruct the church on how to vote or be anxious about how this president might lead the country. Because of your example and exhortation, I am not anxious about the future and will be praying for our future government.

Well... I am one of those people who is ecstatic about this election result. Just because someone upholds and shares certain viewpoints with you doesn't make them or you more righteous or ethical. Our last president got alot of votes for his supposed morality, but wasn't above having his brother help him systematically and deliberately disenfranchise 40,000 minority and low income voters in order to steal the election.

Did his election do anything to further the moral agenda of those who voted for him? Was sending the economy down the crapper and embroiling the nation in an ill-conceived war woth the cost?

Well said, Josh.

May every Christian: Hear What the Spirit Says to the Churches and may we have the humility to change the world from our knees.

Thanks for posting this. This helped me. I need to realize that no president will ever take care of me like my Savior will. Even though, the person I voted for didn't win, I shouldn't be disrespectful towards him. He is going to be my president so there is no need to complain.

Ah, yes. My husband and I were talking this morning (despite our clear disappointment) about the undeniable progress this election signifies. Not absolutely everything is rubble and dust. Not long ago, he and his wife would have been risking their lives just to register to vote.

However, I also understand the anxiety present over policy issues as I was disappointed early in the whole process by my "first choice" candidate not making the cut. But I told my son, "Is God good? Is He in control? All the time? Good. We can rest tonight in joy. He sees all and knows all. If God be for us, who can be against us?" Ahhhh, the total peace that gives.

TRUE HOPE ~ TRUE CHANGE
FOR THE NATION

".... for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right.
But, it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation, should be
on the Lord's side."
President Abraham Lincoln

Please pray with me:

Lord God, I lift up this nation
The United States of America
and I place it fully into Your Hands
for Your Will to be accomplished

I ask You, this day
to bring Your cleansing Blood
upon the land
and through the people
so that we, as a nation may hear Your Voice
and be given hearts to obey Your Word

I ask You to forgive us for our rebellion
the breaking of our contract with You
to forgive us of every sin that we commit
against Your Law and Your Love

I ask You to bring about repentance
upon this nation in such severe form
that every person will be aware of their sins
and Your desire for us to come into
a Love relationship / contract with You

I ask You to guide our leaders - the Righteous ones
to their knees in prayer for this nation
I ask You to cause them to stand in the gap
and to lay their lives down as a sacrifice
to bring freedom and Life
once more to this land

I ask You, Lord God, to reveal the full evil
hatred, demons, selfishness, desire for death
within the ungodly leaders in such extreme measures
that even those, and especially those
who voted for them or now support them
will be convinced of their source
and scarred from their actions
so that they will beg for discernment
and actively decree that they will never
be on the wrong side again

We ask You, Lord God, as a nation
to make us worthy of the sacrifices that birthed
this nation in freedom
May we once more cherish life
all life created by God
and may we rise up
and be Your people who protect life
especially those who have no voice

We put our land and all its people
into Your Hands, Lord God
and we ask that You will bring about
ravaging hunger for Truth and for You
May we lay our "idols" down
forsake our greed and our lust
and ask You to be our
ALL in ALL
Bind us to your Heart
so that we may be Your people, Your nation
Your prized possession

May we now honor You
with our lives laid down
to speak Your Truth
and to bring Freedom and Life
once more
to the United States of America

Daily we pray for Your cleansing and forgiveness
and we trust You to return to father us
when our hearts have fully returned to You
May Psalm 51 become our creed
of Justice
and our daily "bread"
~
"Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what He did for me.
For I cried out to Him for help, praising Him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the
sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened. But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer."
Psalm 66

~
"America is worth fighting for!"
John McCain

BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL

Thank you so much for that post! Trusting God, no matter the circumstances, is something we all need to be hearing during this time!

I also quite happy about this election result. And I would agree with Lonni's comments above, that you shouldn't imply that you are more righteous or ethical.

The present Bush administration has screwed up big time. And let me show you how. The war Iraq, and lying to the American people about going into it is, is just plain morally wrong. Opening up Guantanamo bay, and not allowing a fair hearing for those captured. And by the way, we have a fellow Canadian Omar presently in Guantanamo, who has been there for more than 5+ years, without a fair trial.

And most of all, allowing the CIA to torture, and conduct rendition. I know that we live in a dangerous time, and we need to take extraordinary measures. But truthfully, under the Bush administration, America's moral standard, and reputation has been exactly respectable.

Dear Lonni and Joshua,

I certainly didn't mean to imply that I was more righteous or ethical than anyone else. I noted that I strongly disagree with Obama's stance on abortion. But that wasn't a statement of endorsing all the policies of George Bush. My central point in the post is that no matter who is in the Whitehouse, we can't put our ultimate hope in politicians and that we need to pray for our new president. I would have said the same thing if McCain had won.

God bless you,

Joshua

Wow I really loved your post Josh..i like so many others wanted McCain to win, on the day Obama won this Tuesday i was heartbroken upset mad and just plain distraught..but the next day God gave me peace and i felt joyous that we as Americans can chose a president who is African-American in many ways that shows how far our country has come..i still don't agree with some things that our new president elect stands for..But i respect him and his family and i think Justin's advice is great =))

""We are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
We are to thank God for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
We are to respect Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7).
We are to honor Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).""


I need to definitely work on some of those..i need to pray more for him and his family..especially for God to soften his heart and to change his mind about some things he stands for..BUT also to pray for him as a human being and to pray for HIS salvation and to be God's child..and i need to thank God for him..that one is a hard one to do though..

Joshua do you have any advice on how i can not just respect him but thank God for him and how to pray for him diligently??

I want to do God's will most of all, even if it costs me my pride=))

all advice would be greatly appreciated and thanks so much for your post =))

Blessings to you always!

All my best!

To God be all glory!

In Him, Jane.

I am a young black woman but more than anything I am a Christian- born again and spirit filled. I love God and will do anything and sell everything for His kingdom to come. My faith in Christ comes first and before my race, tribe, tongue and nationality. Everything I shall say below, please construe it in the light of what I just said my faith.

Basically, I do not agree with Western Evangelicals on their extremism, cynicism on Obama and failure to understand and show compassion to African Christians who voted for and are happy for Obama's victory. The fact that there are some black people who support Mcain does not make thngs better for Western Evangelicals.

Lets just look at history for a bit:
In the 19th century Wilberforce was at the forefront of the abolishment of slavery. Western Evangelicals of the day did not agree.

Between the 19th century and the 20th century Africa went through colonization, a lot of Western Christians (including missionaries!) were even behind the colonization of Africa. (I am not here talking about missionaries who risked their lives to preach the gospel to the so called dark Africa)

In the 60's, Martin Luther King Jnr stood up for civil liberties for blacks and all the marginalized of society. Many Western Evangelicals opposed Luther, demonized him and said he was not doing God's work.

In the 70's Nelson Mandela was busy as an activist fighting for the emancipation for black South Africans who suffered greatly under the apartheid system. Many people - including Western Evangelicals demonized Nelson Mandela and called him a terrorist.

During the same period, Desmond Tutu, the black South African priest, was campaigning for the end of apartheid. Western Evangelicals demonized him and said he had gone outside of his remit as preacher/priest.

Now God (and not the devil) has fulfilled Martin Luther King Jnr's prophecy (that one day blacks and whites will unite), and He, God, no doubt, has deliberately placed Obama as the first black president of America. What have Western Evangelicals done this time? Anything different from the past? I think not.

Instead of celebrating with black Christians, this unique moment in history, that finally God might just cause healing to black people in America and the rest of the world... and finally young black people in America, London and elsewhere can aspire for something better rather than to be a gangster, what have Western Evangelicals done? The answer is they have done nothing different from their predecessors.

Let me see, what do they accuse Obama of:
His policies. But I ask myself, does McCain have better policies. Is he really pro-life? What is life? Is it just about the unborn? Does it not extend to the marginalized, the poor, the afflicted, the orphans in Iraq and Afghanistan, the uneducated, the racially segregated? What good is the life of an unborn black child who will never taste equality and freedom. What good is the life of an unborn black child who will never grow up to see any great black models (don't say its not important because it is.)

Obama has links with terrorists. I ask myself-where is the proof?

Obama supports gay marriage. I ask myself - Does McCain not support gay marriage too?

Obama is the anti-Christ and will lead America into turmoil. Did the world know peace under George W Bush? What guarantee do we have that things would be better under McCain. What baffles me even more is some posts I have read earlier, some people saying that they will not fear because Obama has been elected but that they will put their trust in God. If McCain was elected where were they going to be put their trust.

The Christian TV is also constantly attacking Obama. The secular media has actually done a better job in my opinion!

I think all this is appalling. When are Western Evangelicals going to learn that holiness is never going to be achieved through politics? When are they going to learn that the kingdom of God will reign regardless of who reigns America? When are they going to embrace black Christians (I mean in deed and not in word). I am sure that most devoted and God fearing Black Christians who voted for Obama, weighed the scales and did not just go for the color. They would obviously never vote for someone like Louis Farrakhan, if he was contesting. Obama was very appealing and that is what politics is about. We should stop this nonsense that we are going to have a born again spirit filled man ruling any country. All presidents or would be presidents have some connection with freemasonry or some other false religion. Why should anyone demonize Obama for this then.

A message to Western Evangelicals: let us love one another. We must rejoice with those that are rejoicing and we must pray for Obama. This demonizing (as done by your predecessors in the past and on similar occasions must stop.


Hi, Hazel. Thanks for commenting.

I do hope you realize that the attacks on Obama that you reference are not views that I've espoused here on the blog.

I would also encourage you to realize that you can't lump all evangelical Christians into one group. There have been many whose opposition to Obama has been very thoughtful and civil and they've neither demonized him nor judged Christians (black or white) who supported him.

And I think a vast majority of Christians, even if they disagree with Obama's policies, are celebrating the election of our first black president. That was the intent of the posts I've done on his election.

To everyone else, I've decided to close comments on this post. I'm concerned that the original intention of the post will be overshadowed by the comments (if it hasn't been already). My main intention was to encourage everyone to trust God and pray for our new president.

God bless!

Joshua

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