By Steve Horn
In our church, First Baptist Church, Lafayette, we have each week a prayer focus called This One Thing. We encourage our entire church to be focused on this one thing of prayer for an entire week. This week, we have asked our church, in the spirit of Presidents’ Day on Monday, to pray for President Trump and Vice-President Pence.
Back in December 2016, I had the unique privilege of offering a prayer just before the Louisiana Electoral College formally cast their votes for President. I want to share with you the content of my prayer that day in hopes that you might join me in praying along these lines for President Trump today.
As the Psalmist declared, “Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we will trust in the name of the Lord, our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
We give You thanks today as we should do in all things. We give You thanks for grace upon our nation. We give You thanks for the opportunity to participate in an election. We give You thanks for the election of Donald Trump.
And now, oh God, we pray in the spirit of the prophet of old, Zechariah. We pray for favor and union. We pray for unity in our nation and we pray for the favor of God to rest on our nation. (Zechariah 11:7)
We pray for God’s wisdom to rest both on President Trump and Vice-President Pence. We pray in the spirit of 1 Timothy 2 that they might lead us in such a way that allows us to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness so that the gospel of Jesus Christ might advance.
We pray, beyond all these things, that we might experience a spiritual awakening that sweeps across our nation.
And, help us to be reminded that in order to truly be a great nation, we must be first of all be a Godly nation.
In Jesus’ Name,
Steve Horn is senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, Lafayette. This editorial first appeared on his blog.