I received an email today that I found disturbing. It spoke about praying a specific scripture for President Obama---Psalm 109:8---which says,
"Let his days be few and brief;
and let others step forward to replace him."
I get the joke, and while I'm not a fan of the current president, I am commanded to pray for him.
"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth ." 1 Timothy 2:1
" Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. " 1 Peter 2:17
However, I doubt Psalm 109 is what God had in mind! In Matthew 5 we're told:
“You have heard that it was said,‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. "
If that's how we're supposed to treat our enemies, how do you suppose we should be praying for the President? How about praying things that will not only bless his life eternally, but the lives of every American as well? Here are some suggestions:
"And this I pray, that (President Obama's) love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that (he) may approve the things that are excellent, that (he) may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ ." Phil 1:9-10
"...that (President Obama) may be filled with the knowledge of (God's) will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding ." Col 1:9
"...that (President Obama) may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God ." Col 4:12
"...that our God would count (President Obama) worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power ." 2 Thess 11
Every book of the Bible has something you could pray for our President, things that could change our whole nation. As you find them, post them under "comments" so I can pray them with you!