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. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
What a great Scripture to put into practice, especially following the swearing in and inaugural speech of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Like most Bible-believing Christians, I can think of many biblical convictions that I wish our President had, and about which we must fervently pray. But today I think I will focus on obedience to the above Scripture and cultivate the kind of thankfulness that leads to a quiet, peaceable life. Maybe God is calling you to pray, to really intercede–to get down on your knees, to pray for President Obama, his Cabinet, and our Congress; to pray for your country; to pray for your family.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. (Romans 13:1)
That’s good to know, isn’t it? President Obama needs our prayers–for strength to maintain the convictions he holds which are in keeping with God’s will for our nation, wisdom to realize where his beliefs are not according to God’s plan, and then the courage to change. May he–and might we all–remember where power ultimately comes from, and seek the Lord daily for His will and everything we need.