My friend wrote this on Facebook today:
Hey Christians. Insulting the president makes it harder for you to pray for him, which is what the bible calls us to do.
I loved it. My Facebook feed is so inundated with anti Obama news and comments, that this was very refreshing to read. A reminder for me that if a man who I don’t generally agree with is in power I need to remember to pray for him/her.
I remember praying with a worship team when G.W. was in office, but not agreeing with the prayers. Prayers thanking God for a Christian in office, but no prayers to get us out of war. Prayers of antiabortion intention, but not prayers of for single mothers in the world. Prayers for a Christian Nation, not prayers for a peaceful nation.
What are our intentions when we pray for our President? We should pray for wisdom with the tough decisions he/she is faced with. But maybe we pray for the idea of peace that God has for His people – a nation that looks to remove the Yoke of Oppression. A compassionate nation who welcomes the alien and feeds the hungry – all in the name of Jesus.