The Rushmore Report: Praying for Our New Leaders


Early in his presidency, Barack Obama asked for prayer as he led our country in tumultuous times. His request was a pointed reminder to me that I should be praying for our president and our leaders every day – not to get something from them – but simply in obedience to Scripture. With the election of new national leaders, we must pray as never before. Here’s why.

1. The Bible teaches that God can turn the hearts of kings (Proverbs 21:1). That means we should be praying for God’s will to be done and for our new leaders to seek God and listen to Him. We should pray they seek godly counsel and that our leaders will come to know God personally through His Son, Jesus Christ.

2. We must pray with an eye on the issues of the day. Think about the issues before our new president. Ebola is not only a huge problem in Western Africa, but could be in the United States, as well. ISIS is still expanding. We are in the midst of a jobless recovery. Our new president and national leaders need wisdom to face the issues of our day.

3. We must pray for a mighty movement of God. Charles Spurgeon said, “Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the omnipotent muscle of God.” The Bible commands us to pray for authorities, because all authority has been established by Him to accomplish His purposes.

Can our diligent, heartfelt prayers make a difference for the future of our country? Most certainly. Does our new president need our prayers? Most definitely. Do our prayers make a difference? Absolutely.

About the Author

Franklin Graham is President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, a best-selling author, and founder of Samaritans Purse.


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