I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 NLT
Today is inauguration day for our new President. This week there are many celebrations as he takes office and as a testimony to the many barriers that are falling away with this historic event. No matter what your politics and personal feelings, we are instructed to pray for those in authority. Taking the role of leader in these difficult times will bring about many obstacles for Mr. Obama. He will be faced with challenges at every turn.
It is our responsibility as christians to pray for him and this country. “He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone” continues Timothy. “So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” (see 1 TImothy 2:6-7)
Let us, today, welcome our new President with hands lifted to heaven in prayer for him and for Mr. Bush as he leaves public office that he may feel the hand of God to continue guiding him.