Heavenly Father, thank You for establishing Your servant, Barak Obama, as our new president. We know he is Your servant for You have given him this place of authority for Your will to be done. Grant him grace and wisdom to lead as You desire. Surround him with Your presence, establish him in the way of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Protect him as he endeavors to protect us. Bless his family as they make this difficult, but honorable, transition. I pray Barak Obama would be a shining light in this world as Your servant. Please allow him to bring glory to Your name.
I ask all these things, knowing You are the One who ordains, You are the One who holds all things together. We are in Your hands, Lord. The whole world is in Your hands. I praise Your name and ask for Your blessings upon our nation and our new president.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. ~1 Peter 2:13
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment (for rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad). Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation, for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath of the authorities but also because of your conscience. For this reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants devoted to governing. Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. ~Romans 13:1-7
First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior, since He wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. ~1Timothy 2:1-3
For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, Himself human, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at His appointed time. ~1Timothy 2:5-6
In Jesus’ name…Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come.
I thought I’d add my favorite part of yesterday’s inauguration: