The Rushmore Report: The #1 Reason You Should Pray for President-elect Trump

Donald Trump has been named President-elect of the United States. Like it or not, he won. And half the country does not like it. Still, we are all called to pray for the new president. We are commanded to “pray for kings and all those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:2). And keep in mind, when Paul wrote that, Nero, no friend to Christians, sat on the throne. But what is the #1 reason to pray for Mr. Trump, and how do we pray?

Joe McKeever, a vocal opponent of Mr. Trump, acknowledges the call on believers to now pray for him. He suggests one overriding reason to pray for the new president . . .

So much is riding on this.

McKeever writes, “Donald Trump is weak. He does not have what it takes to do this right. But no one does. Please don’t miss that. No. One. Does.

Indeed, the job is too big, the pressures too great, and the needs too overwhelming. We need to pray for our new president for one overriding reason.

So much is riding on this.

Scripture is clear. “I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself; nor is it in a man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). That’s why we need to pray for Donald Trump. He clearly has a propensity for “directing his own steps.” And that won’t work. A man who has said he has never asked for God’s forgiveness, Mr. Trump needs God’s direction all the more.

So much is riding on this.

Anyone can pray for those he supports and believes in. If you didn’t vote for Trump, pray for him all the more. Jesus said we are to pray for our enemies (Luke 6:27). For many of us who find some of Trump’s statements about minorities and women reprehensible, we still must pray for the new president. We as Christians can do this.

So much is riding on this.

Let me suggest ten ways to pray for the President-elect.

1. Pray for him to focus on God (Luke 4:1-2).

2. Pray for guidance and direction (Acts 13:2-3).

3. Pray for personal purity (Isaiah 55:6).

4. Pray for personal breakthroughs (Ezra 8:23).

5. Pray he has godly influence (Isaiah 58:8).

6. Pray for good health (Isaiah 58:8).

7. Pray for personal holiness (1 Samuel 7:6).

8. Pray for courage (Hebrews 13:6).

9. Pray for the compassion of Christ in his life (Matthew 14:14).

10. Pray for personal protection (Isaiah 58:8).

After his admonition to pray for our national leaders, Paul had a bit more to say to young Timothy. “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Paul said it. God inspired it. We, as followers of Christ, must do it. Every single one of us must pray for our new president. Why? It’s simple . . .

So much is riding on this.

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