First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way, (1 Timothy 2:1-2, ESV).
Max Lucado issued a prayer challenge for people to pray for President Barack Obama today, inauguration day (and we should throughout his term as well). We are required to pray for our leadership, and it matters not whether we voted for President Obama or not. Some suggested items of prayer:
Protection – Keep watch over the Obama family.
“…keep them safe from the evil one,” (John 17:15).
Wisdom- Grant insight and foresight to the President and his staff
“But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to all people, so he will give you wisdom,” (James 1:5).
Reverence- Bestow humility upon our leaders and their office
“Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord; those who obey his orders have good understanding. He should be praised forever,”
Strength- Bless President-elect Obama with endurance and stamina.
“I pray that the God of peace will give you every good thing you need so you can do what he wants,” (Hebrews 13:20).
You can also join the Presidential Prayer Team, as I did back in 2000 when if formed, for prayer suggestions for him throughout his term.
HT: Becoming Me for the Lucado challenge.