1 Timothy 2:1-5 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
God’s word commands us to pray for our leaders whether we like them or not. If we do not pray that God will lead and instruct our leaders, who will? If we do not petition God to give His wisdom and knowledge to our leaders, who will? If we do not pray that God will change the hearts of our leaders and make them godly leaders, who will?
If we do not take the initiative and pray for God to reveal His will to our leaders and for His word to be the benchmark for all decisions made concerning our nation by our leaders, on every level of government, then who is to blame if our leaders never make godly decisions?
If there ever was a time when the church of Jesus Christ in America needed to pray for her leaders, now is the time.
In accordance with this command from God I offer this prayer based on the 1969 Billy Graham prayer that Billy Graham prayed for President Nixon, as a model for us to use. Feel free to use it, rearrange it or change it to fit your style of praying.
Our Father and our God, Thou hast said, "Blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord." We recognize and do affirm that we are "a nation under God." We thank Thee for this torch of faith handed to us by our forefathers. May we never let it be extinguished. You and only You, O Lord God Almighty, has given our nation the great prosperity, freedom and power that she has enjoyed since her formation. This faith in God is our heritage and our foundation!
Thou hast warned us in the Scriptures, "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" As George Washington reminded us in his farewell address, morality and faith are the pillars of our society.
We confess these pillars are being eroded in an increasingly materialistic and permissive society. Too long we have neglected Thy word and ignored Thy laws. Too long we have tried to solve our problems without reference to Thee. Too long we have tried to live by bread alone. We have sown to the wind and are now reaping a whirlwind of crime, division, and rebellion.
And now with the wages of our sins staring us in the face, we remember Thy words, "If my people who are called by my Name shall 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."
Help us this day to turn from our sins and to turn by simple faith to the One who said, "Ye must be born again." Instill in the hearts of all our countrymen and women to call upon Thy name O Lord and to repent from all our ungodly living, imaginations and sins which are many. Create in us a desire for a new heart, formed by You O Lord and make us once again your people through your blood shed for us on the cross.
O God, as we enter a new era, we pray, that we as a nation, may experience a moral and spiritual restoration.
Thou hast said, "Promotion comes not from the east nor from the west, but from Thee." We recognize, O Lord, that in Thy sovereignty Thou hast permitted Barack Obama to lead us at this hour of our history.
Help us as a nation to never forget Jesus Christ is the only Messiah and that He and only He can save and deliver us. May we never give that title to a mere human being or false god and bring dishonor to Thy name.
Reveal to Barack Obama’s heart that all glory, credit and admiration is to be given to Thee and Thee alone! May he never try to usurp Thy glory and honor.
We beseech Thee that Barack Obama will have Thy divine guidance and power daily. Help him as Thou didst help Thy servants of old.
Our Father, these are perilous and troublesome times and Obama needs Thee as no man ever needed Thee in leading a people! He will hold in his hands the destiny of more people than any man in history. We pray that Thou wilt so guide Barack Obama in handling the affairs of state that the whole world will marvel and glorify Thee and only thee.
O God, we pray that Barack Obama will have the presence and the power of Thy Holy Spirit, leading and guiding him in all things. May your word be a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path and shine forth Thy truth and admonish him to make all decisions based on Thy word and Thy truth.
Lord, we pray for the Vice President and members of the Cabinet. We pray for all members of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives and all other government officials, local, state, regional and national.
May they be given wisdom and courage that is beyond their own understanding. Bless them as a team to lead America to the dawning of a new day with renewed trust in God that will lead to peace, justice, and prosperity.
May their deeds and decisions astound the world and may this bring glory to Thy name and Thy name alone!
We pray this humbly in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who shed His blood on the Cross that men might have eternal life. Amen