First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
1 Tim 2:1-2
I should never watch Fox News in the evenings. I like Fox – but it gets me angry. Then I am convicted of something I should have been doing – namely praying for those people who get me ticked off. Then I am angry at myself. Then I toss and turn wondering why I watched Fox News in the evening.
It is no secret that I am not a fan of President Obama. I do not agree with his worldview, nor the policies that are derived from that philosophy. I do not trust him. However, the hammer that comes to my spiritual pride is this: I nonetheless should be praying for him.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul had the same thoughts in mind when he reminded the young pastor and his flock to pray for those in authority. This was Caesar they were to pray for. This was an Empire known for its cruelty. In a few short years Rome would impale Christians on poles, douse them with oil, and set them aflame to light the way to the Colosseum. And the Christians were to pray for the rulers of this Empire.
I am not equating President Obama to Caesar. But if the early Christians were instructed to pray for those in power whose policies could lead to the deaths of believers, can I not do the same for a President who wields far less power?
So I offered up my prayers. I prayed that he would be guided by God’s wisdom, and not by the changing wisdom of man. I prayed that he would follow Christ with all his heart. I asked that in all things he may seek God’s glory. I prayed for peace.
It is not easy to pray FOR someone instead of AGAINST him. It is a challenge that all those who stand in opposition of whatever administration is in place, and who claim the common banner of Christ.
But it is something we must do.
Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.