Saturday, November 08, 2008

Our New President

Nope. This is not a political post. Don't get all excited/worried/emotional. :)
I believe that God is in control, and that He is the one who has placed our leaders in their position. Sometimes He does it for judgment (think Assyria taking over in the Bible), sometimes He does it because the people want it (think Saul as king). Don't hear me judging why God has placed Obama as president! That is NOT what I said here.
Regardless of why God has chosen to place Obama as president, He is still in control. My responsibility is to support the leader of my country and obey the laws of the country (again, unless it is absolutely impossible, think Hitler). I also have the responsibility to pray for that leader, whether it be Governor Palin or our new president.
That said, here are some ways we can pray for our new president, (and our old one):

Ephesians 1:17-19 – “…that God would give them a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened, so that they may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward those who believe.”
Colossians 1:9-11 – “…that they may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that they will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (the Word), strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience.”
James 1:5 – That God would give that person supernatural wisdom.
I Corinthians 2:16 – That they would have the mind of Christ in every situation.
Proverbs 21:1 – That the heart of the leader is in the hand of the Lord, and that the Lord will turn that leader’s heart whichever way He wants.
Proverbs 2:9 – That they will discern righteousness, justice, equity and every good course.
Proverbs 2:10 – That wisdom enters their heart and knowledge is pleasant to their soul.
Proverbs 20:28 – That loyalty and truth will preserve that leader and that his/her office will be upheld by the people’s loyalty.
Proverbs 28:2 – That they will endure long because they are leaders of understanding and knowledge.
Psalm 32:8 – That God will instruct them and teach them in the way they should go, and that He will counsel them with His eye upon them.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – That they trust in the Lord with all their heart and that they lean not to their own understanding, that in all their ways they acknowledge Him, and He shall direct their paths.
I John 2:20 – That God’s anointing will be on them and that they will know all things.
Isaiah 58:11 – That God will guide them continually.
Ephesians 1:8-9 – That God will make known His will to them in all wisdom and insight.
Isaiah 11:2-3 – That the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon them, the spirit of wisdom, the spirit of understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. That they will delight in the fear of the Lord, and they will not judge by what their eyes see, or make decisions by what their ears hear, but that they will decide with fairness through being sensitive to the Lord’s guidance.
Psalm 1:1 and Proverbs 2:20 – That they will not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers, but they will walk in the way of good men.
Thanks to a lady on FB for this long list of prayers for leaders.


SEChapman said...

true..... but he has placed Obama in power, not randomly, but for a purpose . Just as he raised up Pharaoh , Nebuchadnezzra and all the other Empires, to accomplish His divine plan. These are hard to understand, but they are true. God is God and we are not, and he does things for His glory and not ours. Yes, we should pray for our leaders to be wise , just , and merciful.... just wanted to commit to testify that your blog was read.

Doug P. Baker said...

An excellent post! In a democracy I think that Christians often get too caught up in the politics of winning and losing. We tend to think that our right to vote gives us the right to undercut the ruler of our nation in the hopes of making him/her look bad so that we can get others to vote our way next time.

Your post shows how faulty is this mentality.