How to Pray for the Presidency

How can you pray for the presidency during these challenging times? Dr. Charles Stanley of First Baptist Church Atlanta and In Touch Ministries shares 10 ways Christians should pray for the President.  
Pray that the President would:

  1. Realize the position was obtained either by God’s choice or His permissive will.
  2. Recognize personal inadequacy for the task and look to God for the wisdom, knowledge, and courage to succeed.
  3. Restore dignity, honor, trustworthiness, and righteousness to the office of the presidency.
  4. Readily forsake a political career and personal ambitions if it is necessary to do so for the best interest of the country.
  5. Reverse the destructive trends of humanism and atheism—which attempt to dethrone God and deify humanity—because they ultimately result in an ungodly society.
  6. Respect, honor, and obey the Constitution of the United States—the protector of our freedoms.
  7. Reject all counsel that weakens our defenses against aggressors or endorses agreements that would do so in the future.
  8. Refuse to promote a way of life in which citizens of our nation become increasingly dependent upon the government for their needs, thus surrendering their freedom to prosper.
  9. Remember accountability to almighty God for attitudes, motives, behaviors, and decisions that affect our nation.
  10. Resolve to establish a presidential term in which America regains its position as first among nations—when people can prosper individually, feel secure, and take pride in their American citizenship; and Almighty God is recognized as the source of all our blessings.

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  • Brantley Gasaway

    Why should we pray that “America regains its position as first among nations?” That is civil religion–not Christianity.

  • Tara Edelschick

    Ditto. I don’t get this one. Praying for America to prosper seems different from praying that it would be #1. Sounds too much like a homecoming chant. What if God wants some other nation to lead the world for awhile? Could we prosper and be healthy and wise and loving without being number 1? Could we be the most God-fearing and Christlike without being number one?

  • Brantley Gasaway

    Didn’t someone once say something about the first being last and the last being first…?

  • Debbie Moss

    As a nation that was founded on Godly pricepals of course we should pray that America takes it’s right place to be number 1. This is a Christian nation and we are to lead, we are to be the “light on the hill”, not only in a worldly position but also on a sprital basis. How can we lead from behind as our current president has suggested? We make a poor representation of God’s best when our economy is in the tank, when we allow our leaders to do all they can to dismiss our Christianity, and when our enimies see that we are weak in our beleifs and take advantage of our weakness. Yes we are weak, but He is strong and He lives within us! We should be proud of our nation, not to the point of boasting but pointing that as a nation the Lord reigns. Praying for America to be back in the number 1 postion is the right thing to do, so that we can be first in missions, be first in charity and be the nation that leads back to the Lord. Our prosperity depends on God and it is time that we shout to the world that WE ARE GREAT BECAUSE HE IS GREAT! In this land that we boast of religous freedom, we are told we can’t pray in school, that crosses can’t be on public land and we as Christians are constantly dismissed and belittled for our faith. One final question I have for you is: since when as Christian do we we seperate church and state?

  • Rebecca Trotter

    Hmmm . . . I notice that there are no bible verses referenced beyond 1 Timothy 2:1-5 here. Probably because there are none. This is a strange form of the religion y’all seem to be practicing ’round here.

  • Rebecca Trotter

    “Reject all counsel that weakens our defenses against aggressors or endorses agreements that would do so in the future.”
    So Jesus is out? All that if someone slaps one cheek offer the other and offer no resistance to an evil man stuff. Clearly Jesus is an untrustworthy guide for us American Christians who know better than to listen to his sissy nonsense. And that Paul – listing being angry, quarreling, hostility, strife as sins right along with the murders and homos. He’s out. Better just to make your own religion up and go with that. Oh wait – it looks like a lot of people have already done that! Good job, folks. Big improvement over that rubbish God had to offer. Thanks for the list to set me straight. I read the bible on my own and got all confused, I guess. Thought I was supposed to take it seriously. Love your enemies and do good to them. Snort. What was he thinking?

  • Rebecca Trotter

    NONE of what you say is consistent with the bible. NONE. Jesus was talking to people, not nations. God does not rule through nations. He rules through hearts. You can’t just take what he says, twist it any old sort of way to support human games of power and control and call it Christianity. I notice that you seem proficient in the human language of power, politics and control but have left out the essence of God himself – God is love. That’s not namby-pamby, mushy stuff. That’s God’s own word. Love. “If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” God’s word, not mine. Stop blaspheming my Lord, please.

  • David French

    You seem mad.

  • Brantley Gasaway

    But that doesn’t mean she’s not largely right :)

    But in all seriousness, David: do YOU agree that it is appropriate for American Christians to pray for America’s dominance? What this list does–and Stanley has long been notoriously guilty of doing this, I’d argue–is to confuse American interests with our commitments as Christians. Of course they can overlap–but mostly this produces a blasphemous form of civil religion.

  • Linda Hilton

    Rebecca, I am going to pray for you. I feel really sorry for you.

  • Paul Martin

    If you have read the Bible you would know that these 10 prayers for the President (whoever that may be at the time), these prayers, are in perfect harmony with the Bible. If after reading these prayers negatively affect you then you need to look at God’s character and what He likes and dislikes by reading and studying the Bible. Everyone of these prayers could easily reference many scriptures in the Bible that agree with them. All of them reflect back to the positive will of God. They mirror what God teaches throughout the Bible and it’s what Jesus said: “If YOU, (emphasis on you) love me, YOU WILL keep my commandments. ” If we don’t try, by His power, to want to and try to keep His commandments, then conversely we don’t love God. These prayers follow the essence of what God wants for us….the very best. Operating on what WE think God is and what We think God wants is like never listening to what your supervisor or boss has told you to do from the time he hired you until now. That would never work on any job that you’ve held in your life and it never works in anybody or any nation who doesn’t listen and do what God has given in His holy word, the bible, to do. If you have ever lived overseas in 3rd world countries you will see first hand the results of rejecting these principles. We in America have headed in this direction and will become a 3rd world country if we continue the direction we are going. It’s guaranteed, 100%. Go the way I THINK is right for me or go the way the manufacturer said is best to go. Read and understand the manual first, before operating.

  • Paul Martin

    Thank you for this very well written and great explanation. I’m sure some folks who are really serious considered what you said. I find that folks need to search out God’s Character, what He likes and what He dislikes, by seriously spending a lot of time reading the Bible themselves individually so they can find out what He’s like and dislikes. That’s the only real way to get to know Him. Thanks for this great answer. This shows that we really should never fear anything or anyone because God’s in control of everything all the time. He only gives us what we choose, good or bad. We make the choice.
    Paul Martin

  • Christian

    Terrible message. Terrible.

  • Joni Allen

    The contention on this thread saddens me.There are numerous scriptural injunctions to pray for all facets of our life. I don’t check my Christianity at any door.I pray for my leaders to have discernment and righteous judgment. I also pray for my fellow US citizens to prosper in knowledge of the Lord. I seek foremost for His Help to for me to repent and come unto him and about my everyday life and problems.Fasting, along with frequent prayer, enhances my spirituality, brings me joy and strengthens my resolve.