Praying For The President – Learning The Art Of Compromise
A few weeks ago, while attending a worship service, I had a series of visions that featured our President. At the end of the visions, God asked me to pray for him. I’ve had problems praying for him because I don’t know what specific areas I should be praying into. One night, while talking with my wife after dinner, I stumbled onto the answer I’d been looking for. I’d like to share something I think we can all pray about specifically to help him.
To those of you who are ardent supporters of President Obama, please understand one thing: I have no desire to demonize the President, cast him in a bad light, or invite further criticism of him. He’s suffered enough criticism already. I don’t wish to add to it. While I did not vote for him, I need God’s purposes for his presidency to succeed. I want to point out one thing that I believe he would be wise to change about how he performs his duties as President. I believe that if we pray into this one issue and changes are made accordingly—his presidency will go much smoother from here out.
The power of the federal government was divided by our founding fathers for a very specific purpose. They distrusted forms of government that gave too much power to one person. In order to create a system that made it hard to abuse power, they created three separate bodies to enact laws. These three are the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Presidency (the Supreme Court does not have the power to legislate). None of these three can pass legislation without the cooperation of the other two.
Historically, the most successful presidents are the ones who have been able to work with the House and Senate in negotiating legislation through compromise. While spiritual people shun the idea of compromise—the political process absolutely requires it. (This may be why so many of us loathe the political process.) Passing laws cannot be done when you have people with opposing views unless everyone is willing to compromise. The political process demands that everyone must give a little ground and forfeit their stand on someone else’s issue, in order to get something they want in return. In politics, no one gets everything they want. This is the essence of politics. And herein lies the problem our President is wrestling with.
The political impasse we’re living with is the result of people taking rigid stands on their ideologies and refusing to compromise. While you may cheer on your man or woman for standing their ground and refusing to compromise—as long as neither party is willing to compromise, nothing is going to change and nothing will get done.
I believe we must pray for the President and for members of Congress in this specific area – that their eyes and hearts would be opened and that they would come together at the negotiating table and hammer out a compromise we can all live with. Everyone will have to give in to something they don’t like. No one will get everything they want. But that’s the price we must pay to move the political process forward. Let a spirit of cooperation overshadow Washington and let our leaders move forward with a common desire to do what is in the best interest of everyone – not what is in the best interest of a few. Let’s pray that they would have wisdom and understanding on how to proceed in a way that allows the best outcome for everyone involved.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you my new friend. You just answered the question I sent you a few days ago as to your opinion as a Christian to what our involvement should be from God’s view! I appreciate the work you do here more and more every day!
I do believe it is our duty as Christians to be praying for our president whether we agree w/, like or voted for him or not….I have struggled for quite some time, yet have still prayed for Godly wisdom for him and all those who are in positions around him to effect our country, and it just hasn’t seemed like enough. I agree w/ your thoughts and yet I struggle to think that we can’t all come out on top! Just one of the many things the Lord has been showing me…we need to agree to disagree on some things. God created us all different, and that is not a bad thing! I hope many will come on board and begin to pray for him and all people in positions around him, godly prayers!! It is prayer that changes things! God already knows what we are going thru! 🙂 Blessings!
Thanks Kathy. I believe we will see change, if we pray.
Thanks Praying Medic, I needed to hear this and will share it on my facebook page.
Thanks for dropping by Betsy!
Praying for him daily since he took office. The prayers are biblical. We have a Nations Prayer Warriors Facebook group. I also post on The Prophetic Word and Apostles Creed groups. I get my share of people that don’t feel I should pray for him because they are angry at his views that appose Christian principles and they don’t agree with him at any level. I know that wrong actions have little to do with a person, but rather they are due to powers and principalities. I also know that my job as a Christian is to pray for him as it says in the bible.
1 Timothy 2:1-15 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, …”
But, you would be surprised of how praying for someone changes how you feel about them, God changes your heart. Now I understand why he asked us to pray for our enemies, because we will sincerely end up caring for them. You can’t pray a prayer to a God that “IS LOVE” and be angry… it’s impossible. But, that does not mean you have to agree with everything he says or does… Love the sinner, not the sin.
Join us in prayer.
Daily prayer for President Obama. Heavenly Father, may President Obama ask so that he may receive; seek so that he shall find; knock and the door will be opened to him. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Heavenly Father, we, the people of this nation have defied You in word. We have said, “It is vain to serve God, and what do we profit by keeping his command, And going about in penitential dress in awe of the LORD of hosts? Rather must we call the proud blessed; for indeed evildoers prosper, and even tempt God with impunity.” But there are also those that fear and trust in Your name, Lord. A record book was written before You of them. May they speak with one another and may You listen to them attentively. Have compassion on them and they shall be Yours, Your own special possession, on the day You take action. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. Feel free to join me in prayer or forward/ copy this post.
… and sometimes people only “like” my prayer when it is a bible verse that admonishes President Obama. As, you know, that there are also verses in which God admonishes us, as a Father who loves his children, also admonishes them. Ephesians 6:4: “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
But, I do my best to put admonishments in a positive light, as an admonishment in a positive light Is also an admonishment, and also, the last thing I want to do is plant more anger in people’s hearts.
I understand this article completely, we are commissioned to pray for our president…some are called to be intercessors for him, some are called to be the watchmen on the wall and warn people about him…I loathe the spirit that drives him, it is pure evil, its hard to separate the 2 at times….there are numerous people who have no involvement in politics or keep abreast of what is happening, they vote “party” because the family lineage voted party….these are the people that need to be warned of the evil….the Lord himself called people a brood of vipers….I get highly indignant about this man because I see the evil spirits that control him…some need to silently do warfare on his behalf, some of us are called to WARN the people of his agenda…but all of us are called to pray for him. I will be the first to admit, I have no love for this president which makes it hard for me to pray, but I pray for him to have a Damascus road experience, I pray for him to relent of his evil, I pray that angels be used to direct him and guide him and I pray for holy ghost conviction and repentance.
My sister and I gather on the phone nightly to pray for many things. We have prayed and continue to pray for our President,Nation based on the Word of God. First,I would like to say,”we war not against flesh and blood……”,that we are in a spiritual battle for the very soul of our Nation. Our President is not our enemy,it is the spirits operating through him that are our enemies. Secondly, his name means to bow and worship and so we call him to come and bow down and worship the Lord O’ God. We consistently are praying for his salvation ,that he meet Jesus while walking through the Portico(thought this interesting as I have been praying this for him for years-could be the Holy Spirit). “When the righteous rule the people rejoice,when the wicked rule the people(God’s people especially)have to go into hiding”. So,it is imperative to pray for him and we do pray along the lines you have stated above as well. Interestingly,before Barack Obama even entered the White House(which I now call God’s House),then Pres. George Bush invited over 120 Pastors from around the US to come and pray. A Pastor near me was one of those chosen,he actually anointed the doorpost that leads into the front entrance into the God’s House.They walked the land,” He gives us every place the soles of our feet thread upon for the Kingdom”. They prayed for many days as they walked the land there. God knew what we would be up against,so He arranged all of this! There are many Christ Followers who work there,I am certain they are bringing the very Atmosphere of Heaven to bear in the Earth there,carrying Jesus into the very place,the Light of the World. This Nation belongs to Him,”He is the Governor of the Nations” and “All governments are upon His Shoulder”. Heard Joseph Prince say,that America is the Land of the Covenant;that is good news for sure for He never breaks Covenant. Having said all of this, I do pray that if those who rule do not turn,”that the wicked be uprooted and that He winnow the treacherous out of the Land”,in Jesus Name. A mouthful.