Scripture is very clear about our mandate to pray for those place in authority over us.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Therefore, whether we voted for President Obama or against him, we now must pray for him AND respect him.
For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. 1 Peter 2:13-14a
One of the saddest thing about our country is the lack of respect for those in authority. I know we have freedom of speech and we’re allowed to disagree with and even poke fun at our leaders but there is a growing attitude of disrespect towards our presidents. I saw this as a large issue when President Clinton had a sex scandal while in office and it has continued with President Bush largely because of broken promises to find Weapons of Mass Destruction and Bin Laden.
People used excuses like “Clinton dishonored the oval office” and “Bush lied”. People have told me “Respect must be earned.” but that isn’t what we just read in 1 Peter. We are commanded to respect the office even if we don’t respect the person in that office.
Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority. Romans 13:7
My taxes go to pay for abortions and other things I don’t believe but that doesn’t mean I’m allowed to with hold my taxes. Presidents and legislators have done things and stood for things I totally disagree with but I honor them as placed by God.
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. Romans 13:1-2
I remember when President Clinton was elected it caused a rise in the prayer level of the church across the country because of his stance on moral issue like abortion and gay marriage. I believe God will again cause His church to rise and pray for this nation after this controversial election and because of this trying time we live in both economically and with the war.
Pray, pray for our president because it’s commanded and it because it works. Respect, respect because it’s commanded and because it honors God.