A Prayer for our President

Our prayer today, Our Father, is for our President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Our prayers include [Please add your prayers as well]:

That You, the infinite font of wisdom, might grant him wisdom daily, for our country and for our relations with the world.

That You, the loving God of all, might grant him love for you and for others, including especially our enemies and with a renewed commitment to work together for peace and justice. That not only the teachings but also the cruciform life of Jesus may shape his vision for our world.

That You, the holy and righteous God of justice, might empower him to do what is right in all that he does and that he might pursue what is right from the moment he arises until the moment he sleeps, and that what is right will shape his policies and institutions.

That You, the Lord, might grant him the charisma of insight to lead in this turbulent world and time and that this charisma might be used for the good for everyone in the world. We pray this especially for the turbulence in the Middle East where suggestions are simpler than solutions. Give him the insight to speak peace to all.

That You, the One God, might grant him the graces of unity in bringing together our divided country, including our Senate and House, our financial wizards and the common worker, and our leaders and people.

That You, the Healer, might grant him the grace of reconciling damaged relations in this country and in the world about us. That healing might occur between all races, between all countries, between men and women.

That
You, the God of Life, might grant him a commitment to act for all –
the unborn and born, the young and old, the civilian and the soldier –
to preserve life and honor that each of us is fashioned in the image of
God.

That You, the Father, might grant him the time and wisdom to father his two young daughters and love Michelle, his wife, and her mother.

We commit ourselves, also, to pray for his family as a family. That You, O Great Guardian, might protect his children from harm. Keep the family safe.

And that you might deliver him from the powerful temptation to pride, that you might remind him daily that we are mortal and that you alone are Immortal, and that humility may attend his every way and day.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Diane Reynolds

    Amen.

  • http://www.christiepurifoy.com Christie

    Lord, hear our prayer.

  • John Duffy

    Beautiful.

  • Clay Knick

    Amen!

  • http://restoringsoul.blogspot.com Ann F-R

    Amen! and, LORD God, may President Obama and VP Biden find their refuge in Christ, and in the church you’ve gathered to build up and encourage them in paths of truth, justice, reconciliation, grace and mercy. May they be safeguarded by us, through our prayers, our speech, and our communities. Keep them, their wives and children safe, in every way we humans need safety, and may they find harbor and rest in the midst of such responsibilities.

  • Steve Sherwood

    Amen. Thanks.


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