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Whether you voted for him or not, Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. And, like it or not, every believer in Christ is now obligated to uphold the man (and other leaders) in prayer. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 compels us to thank God and pray for everyone in leadership, with the goal of enjoying peaceful living and bringing others to Christ.

Here are several things I will be praying for President Donald Trump in the weeks, months and years ahead:

  1. May the Lord make the President ever-conscious of his tremendous responsibility and his inability to fulfill it without God (1 Kings 3:5-9).
  2. May he be surrounded with Josephs, Daniels and Esthers—men and women of integrity, faith, intelligence, and honor—who will give the President wise counsel (Genesis 41:14-45; Esther 2:5-9:32; Daniel 1, 2 & 4-6). And may God grant him the humility to accept their advice.
  3. Remove evil persons, radicals and extremists from his association, so that he will not be influenced by them. May the Lord keep proud, greedy and wicked people far from the President and make him discerning enough to resist anyone who tries to flatter, manipulate or intimidate him (Psalm 101).
  4. Set a guard over the President’s mouth, so that he will not sin against God or unnecessarily offend men. Give him gracious words that lead to peace and unity, rather than division and strife. (Psalm 141:3; Ephesians 4:25-32; Colossians 4:6)
  5. Help President Trump treat Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, and our other allies with honor and respect—standing with those that do what is right, and resisting those who do what is evil (Genesis 12:2-3; Psalm 122).
  6. Help the President remember the “Golden Rule,” and always treat even our enemies and his critics with the decency and respect with which he would like to be treated (Luke 6:27-31).
  7. Give him a heart that seeks after wisdom, insight and inspiration to make good choices and get things done that will benefit all Americans. Pour out a spirit of justice and righteousness, fear of the Lord, administration and equity, so that he leads well (Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Proverbs 20:28 & 29:2).
  8. May the President and other elected officials come together in a spirit of cooperation, working together to make positive strides toward a truly better America and a better world (Psalm 133).
  9. Do not let the President or Congress spend money we do not have (Romans 13:8). Help them move this country toward solvency and strengthen its economy without hand-outs.
  10. Don’t let him abuse his authority like previous administrations.
  11. Give him the courage to eliminate agencies that we do not need, and the wisdom to reform, streamline and restructure what remains.
  12. Guard his health and safety. Protect the President, the Vice President, other elected officials and their families from those who want to harm them.
  13. Help President Trump appoint god-fearing judges to the Federal courts, who still consider the Constitution a relevant document—the standard by which all other laws, policies and practices should be judged, rather than vice-versa—and get the U.S. Senate to ratify them. May all judges do their jobs with integrity, equity and uprightness, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty (Deuteronomy 1:16-18, 16:18-20 & 25:1; 2 Chronicles 19:5-11).
  14. Show the President how to safely withdraw American troops from areas where they do not belong and strengthen our military without creating a culture of aggression or superiority.
  15. Remove the hatred, violence, fear and division from this country, and silence those who insist on stirring it up.
  16. Help this Administration make it easier for decent, honest, hard-working individuals and families to legally immigrate to the United States and integrate with our society, while keeping those who only want to harm or take advantage of us out (Leviticus 9:34 & 24:22; Numbers 15:15-16).
  17. Develop compassion and empathy in the President’s heart, so that he shows concern for the weak and helpless and is able to provide genuine, meaningful and lasting assistance (Deuteronomy 14:28-29 & 24:17-21; Psalm 82:3-4; Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:3; Zechariah 7:9-10).

I am sure there are other valid prayers that could be added, but these are the main ones I feel we need to pray for our new leaders. Some of these verge on the impossible—if not the improbable. Nevertheless, we serve a mighty God who specializes in tough cases. I believe that, if enough people pray FOR Donald Trump and other people in authority, then they just may become the kind of leaders this country NEEDS, even if they were not exactly the ones we WANTED. As we place our hope in the Lord to work through these people, we may see the kind of change we’ve all been dreaming of.

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