Skip Heitzig on How to Pray for a President

I was honored to be part of an assembly of faith leaders that supported, counseled, and prayed for President Donald Trump. As a Christian leader, I feel as though one of the believer’s highest callings — after surrendering to Jesus Christ — is to support and submit to our governing authorities (see Romans 13:1-7). Given the invitation and opportunity, I’d gladly do so for our new president, Joe Biden.

I have prayed privately and publicly for American presidents going back to President Carter. I’ve prayed for presidents I agree with and presidents I disagree with. I believe it is what every Christian is called on by God to do. Paul wrote, “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4, NLT). I intend to do just that for our new president.

The varying forms of pray (prayingprayerprayed, etc.) are found over 370 times in the Bible. It is an exercise that God’s people should do on a consistent basis. The question arises, then, how do we pray for the president? Since prayer is meant to be a joyous, life-giving, and powerful experience, yielding real results (see Jeremiah 33:3), how can we best support the president, vice president, and, for that matter, any governmental authority through prayer? Let me suggest four ways to pray:

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Skip Heitzig

Skip Heitzig is the senior pastor of Calvary Church in New Mexico and is the author of numerous books and publications. His radio and television broadcast, Connect with Skip Heitzig, is available throughout the United States and around the world.

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