Early this morning Americans received the official news that Donald Trump will become the 45th President of these United States, with Mike Pence by his side as VP. Whether you feel elated by this news or devastated by it, the truth remains that these two men will hold the two highest offices in our land beginning January 20, 2017. Over the next several weeks, they will be selecting men and women to serve with them as cabinet members and office-holders in positions of prominence. If you devoted yourself to prayer over the past week, please don’t stop now. Here are some ways you can pray for our President-Elect over the next few weeks as these important positions are being filled.
- Pray for a Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. These four Hebrew boys determined themselves to honor God while in the court of a foreign king. They would not defile themselves with any act of disobedience to God. They spent time in prayer daily, even when that simple act landed them in a fiery furnace. The pre-incarnate Christ walked among them in the fire. Through their influence of unwavering devotion to the One True God, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon declared that “there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” Daniel became the official interpreter for the king, and God blessed the land because of his faithful witness. President Trump will need the wisdom of godly men if he is to evaluate all things with Godly wisdom.
- Pray for an Esther and a Mordecai. God sovereignly placed Esther in the court of the Persian King Ahasuerus. When the king considered ordering the death of all Jews in his kingdom, by trickery from another advisor, Esther laid her own life on the line to stand for the right to life for those whose voices were not heard. Her uncle Mordecai gave her the encouragement and the challenge she needed to stand in confidence “for such a time as this.” President Trump’s Congress will likely entertain legislation, and he, Supreme Court appointments, that have the potential to change our culture from a culture of death to a culture of life concerning abortion and end-of-life practices. Let’s pray for an Esther who will lay her life on the line, if necessary, to plead with President Trump on behalf of the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves. And let’s pray for a Mordecai to give her encouragement and accountability toward this end.
- Pray for a Nehemiah. Nehemiah was heartbroken over the devastation of his people. Because the Lord was with him, he won the favor of King Artaxerxes who gave him provisions and protections to carry out the difficult work of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah endured constant terroristic threats as he worked with one hand and held the spear with the other. His tireless efforts saw not only the safety of the city restored, but the spiritual vitality of his people returned. President Trump is elected in a day when terror/evil is on the rise and feelings of safety within our country are depleting. He will need to be surrounded with leaders who do not cower in fear when threatened by evil and who will put their hands to this difficult work with tireless commitment.
- Pray for a Joseph. Through a series of less-than-ideal circumstances, Joseph (an Israelite) was landed in the court of the Egyptian king. His faithfulness to God and upright character was finally rewarded in such a way that he became second in command over Egypt in a time period when the Israelites and Egyptians were living together in peace. God opened Joseph’s eyes to see impending economic failure. He wisely instituted policies and laws that would prepare the people of the land for the coming difficulty. Even as second in command, God used Joseph’s sensitivity to His will and leadership among the people to preserve the lives of two whole ethnic groups: the Egyptians and the Israelites. Let’s pray that President Trump will surround himself with people who are wise in economic policies, having the leadership skills necessary to implement policies and procedures that will lead our country toward economic vitality, from impending economic doom.
- Pray for a Jethro. When he was overwhelmed and burned-out, Moses’s father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, gave him some much needed wise council. The work was too much for one man to do alone. Jethro counseled Moses to find men who were trustworthy and upright, to whom he could delegate responsibility. The office of President of the United States of America is one with great responsibility and great burden. President Trump will be overwhelmed many times, and will stand in need of a wise older man who can pour wisdom into his dry vessel. Let’s pray that God would put that person into his path, and open the President’s heart to receive wise counsel with a humbled heart.
Don’t stop praying now. Remember still to place your hope in God alone:
“Do not trust in nobles, in man, who cannot save. When his breath leaves him, he returns to the ground. On that day his plans die. Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He remains faithful forever, executing justice for the exploited and giving food to the hungry. The Lord frees prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises up those who are oppressed. The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord protects foreigners and helps the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Lord reigns forever; Zion, your God reigns for all generations. Hallelujah!” (Ps. 146:3-10)
Grace and Peace, Tony