Our gracious Father and God, You are the great ruler over all creation. You are the Lord, You alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and You preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships You. And it is not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is You, Oh Lord who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another. You change times and seasons; You remove leaders and set up leaders; You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
Lord, I sense it was these truths and promises of old that informed and guided the heart of the inspired author of Scripture when he urged us, Your people to make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for all people including our leaders and others who are in high positions. And Lord, it is with these promises and out of obedience to Your Word, I pause and offer prayer to You on this Inauguration Day.
This season in our country, the times we live in are not a secret to You. You know all about our country. You’ve seen first-hand and without all the baggage we carry, what’s been going on in this election cycle. How people are feeling and what people are doing are right before Your all-seeing eyes. As a matter of fact, in a way unknown to us, You have decreed all the events of the United States, past, present and future. Your decrees are not hemmed in by our shores, the entire world is under your rule.
So Lord, as we change leadership, I gladly come before you seeking the welfare of our nation. I humbly ask you to endow our new administration with wisdom, knowledge and courage, so that they may execute their trust in a way that honors You. I ask oh, Lord to cause President Trump and his cabinet to deeply and honestly search out the high ideals of our founding documents and push forward to the realization of those ideals for every citizen of our nation. I ask this, Lord in spite of the nature of President Trump’s words and actions in his life prior to and during his campaign, and even in recent days. I ask this Lord, knowing the fear and angst so many are feeling in our nation right now. So, Lord we commit our new President, his cabinet, the Senate and House of Representatives, along with other national, state and local elected officials to You. Ultimately our country is in Your capable hands and we will rest in You.
Lord, I also want to thank You for the historical election of President Barak Obama. I am grateful for the hope in our country’s better ideals it fostered. I’m grateful my 85 year old father born and raised in and during Jim Crow segregation was able to live, see, and rejoice in our first African American president. I remember the stories of the inhumane disrespect he and all the black men he knew had to endure. I still almost cry when I recall dad talking about living in times when white men in this country could kick a black man in his behind without recrimination, just for the fun of it.
So Lord, thank you for letting Dad and so many other older African Americans live to see an African American man as the leader of the free world. I’m thankful Lord that the first president my grandchildren knew was an African American man. For that, their world and mine are so different and I thank You, Lord.
Thank You for causing President Obama to allow civility, integrity, and grace to reign in this transition to new leadership. Continue to protect him and his family, dear Lord.
Lord, You said to pray for our leaders is “good and pleasing in Your sight”, because You desire all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. The truth that there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all…, cf. 1 Tim. 2:3-6.
Lord, may this be the aim of Your church in our land as well. May our energies be spent in seeing men, women, boys and girls saved, coming to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. Because at the end of President Trump’s administration, because it will end like all human administrations will, You Lord, will be on the throne and You will reign forever and ever.
This truly is our hope, in Your mighty Name I pray, Amen.

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