Scripture"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. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." –1 Timothy 2:1-4 (HCSB)
Every four years a new President is elected in the United States. Many of the feelings and fears people have during election season come from real concerns that are okay to have.
However, today is not to convince you of any political opinion, but to take a closer look at Paul's charge to Timothy and how we might learn from it. Paul urges Timothy to pray in all kinds of ways for all people, and then he makes it a point to specifically include "kings and all who are in high positions." This is not an easy thing to do. How often should we pray for people in high positions? How often should we pray for the ruler(s) of our country, or for the rulers of another country? While I can't tell you the frequency of which you should pray these prayers, I can strongly suggest that you devote special time however frequently to pray for the current President of the United States (or the leader(s) of the country you live in), the next President, and all those in office and in the military that serve during her or his term.
While the President may not encompass your ideal political figure, he has a tremendous impact on countless freedoms and policies within and outside of the United States. The President doesn't have to be whom you voted for, and they don't have to believe exactly what you believe, but it is good and pleasing to God for anyone who claims to be a Christian to pray for them anyway, and this is God’s desire during every year, regardless of the leading political party during election season, and regardless of how you do or don’t agree with his or her policies.
This can be incredibly difficult for many people, but consider how different our “views” are than God’s. Yet he still loves us more than we deserve, and he still gives us his Spirit.
Pray for the President and those leading our country alongside him/her.
Pray for their salvation.
Pray that they make decisions with the help of God.
Pray that they lead our country in a way that continues to allow the religious freedom that's been in effect for so many years.
Pray that they don't pass any laws that would make being a Christian in the United States more dangerous (as it is in some areas of the world already).
Pray that you are given an opportunity to lead a peaceful life and to shine brightly in a dark world.
Pray for all other countries around the world and for God to be glorified.
Pray for foreign leaders of foreign nations, that God can be glorified regardless of the political state of the nation.
Pray also for the Christians in other nations, for their safety and soundness of doctrine, and for their light to shine ever brightly.
Pray that this Presidential term leads more people to Christ.
Please also consider reading Daniel chapter 9 in the Bible, paying close attention to Daniel's attitude, and his prayer for the entire nation. Consider praying through it as well.