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Anytime I am at the end of my rope, or when I don’t know which way to turn, I am inclined to go to Someone Who knows exactly what to do every time.
And that is exactly what I am praying my president (and every political and spiritual leader) will do.
I try to imagine the stress President Obama is under. And whether I agree with his politics or not, he is my president, the leader of my country. President Obama is the highest representative of the country I love: the United States of America. That alone gives me reason to pray.
It is my hope that President Obama will recall (and gain encouragement from) the way some of the leaders in the Bible handled extreme stress:
David’s men were so angry at him that they spoke of stoning him. But David “encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” He then “inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this troop?”(1 Samuel 30:6, 8 Amplified Bible).
And when Jehoshaphat was facing a great army that was coming against them, he prayed as he stood before his people, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in Heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.” And ended the prayer with, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:6, 12 Amplified Bible).
David and Jehoshaphat made their choices after inquiring of the Lord.
One more thought: I can’t help but remember the many times God has used difficult times in my life to mold me to become more like Him. Therefore, I am convinced God can use anything – any trial, any occurrences – in anyone's life to draw him or her to God’s love and for His purposes.
My prayer for President Obama:
Father God, I pray President Obama will have the courage to do what is right and wise for all; that the leader of this wonderful country will ask You for wisdom and direction about what is best for the United States of America; that he will seek clear direction regarding everything he is facing. And, Lord, please help President Obama, during these demanding times, to grow in the revelation of Your Word. Help him to personally experience Your love, Your faithfulness, and Your purposes for him.
That is my prayer for my president. What is yours?