This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Prayer for President Donald Trump

I wrote this prayer for President Obama, and I adjust it for President Trump. I am committed to praying for this our new president and for our country. I hope you will too. As Peter said during the time of Nero — “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor” — and as Paul encouraged us to pray for our leaders — ” I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1-4).

Our prayer today, our Father, is for our President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Our prayers include [Please add your prayers as well]:

That you, the infinite font of wisdom, might grant him wisdom daily, for our country and for our relations with the world.

That you, the loving God of all, might grant him love for you and for others, including especially our enemies and with a renewed commitment to work together for peace and justice. That not only the teachings but also the cruciform life of Jesus may shape his vision for our world.

That you, the holy and righteous God of justice, might empower him to do what is right in all that he does and that he might pursue what is right from the moment he arises until the moment he sleeps, and that what is right will shape his policies and institutions.

That you, the Lord, might grant him the charisma of insight to lead in this turbulent world and time and that this charisma might be used for the good for everyone in the world. We pray this especially for the turbulence in the Middle East where suggestions are simpler than solutions and bombs more common than olive branches. Give him the insight to speak peace to all.

That you, the One God, might grant him the graces of unity in bringing together our divided country, including our Senate and House, our financial wizards and the common worker, and our leaders and people.

That you, the healer, might grant him the grace of reconciling damaged relations in this country and in the world about us. That healing might occur between all races, between all countries, between men and women.

That you, the God of life, might grant him a commitment to act for all — the unborn and born, the young and old, the civilian and the soldier — to preserve life and honor that each of us is fashioned in the image of God.

That You, the Father, might grant him the time and wisdom to father his daughters and sons and to be a loving husband to his wife Melania. We commit ourselves, also, to pray for his family as a family. That You, O Great Guardian, might protect his children from harm. Keep the family safe.

And that you might deliver him from the powerful temptation to pride, that you might remind him daily that we are mortal and that you alone are Immortal, and that humility may attend his every way and day.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Scot McKnight is a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill., and the author of The Jesus Creed. He blogs at Jesus Creed, where this post originally appeared.

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