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Praying for the President and Others in Authority


By Dr. Charles Stanley

In no uncertain terms, the Lord calls us to pray for our leaders. This is because no one person or group of people can change a country or get it back on track. And when we consider how our fellow Americans are suffering because of the downturn of the economy, rising unemployment, the deterioration of family, and escalating conflicts on the world stage, we quickly realize that only almighty God can truly help us.

Our nation urgently needs our intercession. We do not know what the future holds or who will hold the seats of power throughout the land. But we can be confident that the Father honors the prayers of those who love Him and is faithful to answer us (James 5:16; 1 Peter 3:12).

Therefore, please pray the president and other elected officials would:

1. Realize their positions of authority were obtained either by God’s choice or His permissive will.

2. Recognize their personal inadequacy for the task of governing our country and look to the Lord for the wisdom, knowledge, and courage to succeed.

3. Restore dignity, honor, trustworthiness, and righteousness to the office of the Presidency, to the Senate, and to the House of Representatives.

4. Readily forsake their political careers 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 their accountability to almighty God for their attitudes, motives, behaviors, and decisions that affect our nation.

10. Resolve that their terms of service will be dedicated to returning America to its position as first among nations—where 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.

I often say, when we fight our battles on our knees, we win every time. And as we lift our nation up in prayer, I know we can make a difference regardless of how difficult our problems may be because we are taking the burdens of our country to the One who understands the way to victory.

So please join me in lifting up the United States and its leaders to the Lord, confidently knowing He will move on our behalf. Certainly, our loving Father will hear our prayers and heal our land (2 Chr. 7:14). May God bless you, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.

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  • November 04, 2012 01:56 PM

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    I viewed this message on CTN last night. Thank you for this timely message that holds Christians accountable to live and vote according to biblical principals and accountable to practice those principals including our civic responsibility to Vote. Our vote should clearly indicate our faith and commitment to God and the love of our country that affords us the freedom to Worship and pray to God, earn a living in a career of our choice, receive an education, and to love our neighbor and reach out to the unsaved with the Gospel of Christ. Thank you, and I pray with you that these freedoms will be available for my grandchildren and great-children.
  • November 02, 2012 06:17 PM

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    Thank you for the guide to help pray for our leaders. My church is holding a prayer vigil on monday Nov. 5th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, with a patriotic worship service the last half hour. Your guide will make a great directional aide for key characteristics and biblical application to be found in our leadership.
  • October 28, 2012 07:03 PM

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    As always, Dr. Stanley so eloquently explains the importance of Our Heavenly Father in everything we do. I so ,Thank you Father, for Dr. Stanley and all the men and woman in this ministry.
  • October 27, 2012 09:12 PM

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    Thanks so much for this prayer for our president. I have been praying for God's will on this. thanks so much ! God Bless you.
    Marie Joe
  • October 27, 2012 09:06 PM

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    i think there would be a great revival in america if all americans would pray this prayer.
  • October 27, 2012 08:51 PM

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    amen
  • December 19, 2011 04:44 PM

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    Thanks for this guide to help pray for our leaders. It seems very hard when we don't agree with the decision that are made that effect so many.

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