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By taking the oath of the office of president, Donald Trump received the responsibility to lead millions of Americans into the unknown and to lay the groundwork for the millions that will come after. During his time in office, he will know successes, and he will know failure.
With all of the news of natural disasters, tragedy, possible wars, and political infighting, the hopelessness gathers overhead like dark storm clouds. How can you pray for leaders who have failed to live up to your expectations? How can you press on when the nation has turned its back on the ideals you believe in? How can you have hope when your heroes become nothing more than sinful and broken human beings?
Romans 13:1 teaches that no authority exists without God’s appointment. This includes the President of the United States.
Proverbs 21:1 declares that hearts of kings and rulers are in the hands of God and He can move them however he wishes.
Mark 4:39 shows God-in-flesh say to the storms, “Peace, Be still!” and all went still.
More than 180 years ago, Edward Mote, minister at Strict Baptist Church in Horsham, Sussex, penned these words, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness… on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Sometimes it can feel like you are standing in the ocean as a wave is about to break over you. All the while you know that you will be helplessly washed away as soon as the wave hits you.
In moments like these, it can be a good reminder of how weak our earthly hopes really are. For when your hope is in man, the news, or the current political climate, it will erode from beneath you as quickly as the sand on the beach. Yet, when you pray, you put your faith and hope on “nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.” The tidal wave of chaos that means to overcome you is in the hands of Christ who commands the storms. A foundation built upon God is solid and unshaking.
It is through this unbreakable hope that you can pray. For it is not up to man to accomplish the plans of God, but rather God who accomplishes his plans through man (Proverbs 16:9).
Pray for President Trump as he leads the United States through difficult and uncertain times.
Pray for the president as he continues to seek wise counsel, that he would know the heart of God in the complex issues, and that he would act according to the will of God.
Pray that God may pour out mercy, grace, and wisdom over the president.