As the 2016 Presidential race progresses, an air of competition, criticism, anger, and negativity can descend upon our country and spread through our Facebook networks like wildfire. Even if we don’t like one (or both!) candidates, we should still pray for them, knowing that one or the other is going to be the next President of the United States.
We can make a promise to ourselves right now that no matter who wins, we will include them in our prayers for the next four years. We can show our children that although we have strong, passionately held opinions during the election process, we are still Christians at the end of the day. We can demonstrate to our friends and family that our faith in God supersedes any lack of faith we feel for our elected officials.
Here are some powerful quotes to remind and inspire us to keep our nation’s leaders in our prayers, both before and after November 8th.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3, KJV)
“Let us pray for our leaders. Whether you agree with their policies or not, their religion or not, their hairstyle or not, every leader needs prayer. Pray for them to have wisdom and for words that might heal and bind rather than divide.”—Nick Hall, Evangelist, author, and organizer of Together 2016.
“It is a great privilege, as well as our responsibility, to pray for our government leaders.”—Billy Graham, Evangelist minister and author
“Do you pray for our President and our leaders as much as you complain about them?”—Pastor Mark Altrogge, Nondenominational Christian Pastor, author, and musician
“Let us pray for leaders, that they govern us well. That they bring our homeland, our nations, our world, forward, to achieve peace and the common good. This word of God helps us to better participate in the common life of a people: those who govern, with the service of humility and love, and the governed, with participation, and especially prayer.” —Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church
“It is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints to pray for our national leaders in our personal prayers and in our congregations. We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and … Congress as they lead us through difficult and turbulent times. May our national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people.” —First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (This statement was released immediately after President Barack Obama won the election and Governor Mitt Romney was defeated.)
“Praying for [government leaders] is to recognize that God can hit a straight lick with a crooked stick. But praying for someone doesn’t require me to agree with them or to be silent when I feel the need to rebuke. … It’s because I do pray that I feel free to speak truth to power.”—Mike Huckabee, Christian minister, former Governor of Arkansas, and political commentator.
“Though it is hard to believe given our current secular mindset, the United States has had numerous calls to repentance from our leaders, including Presidents such as Abraham Lincoln and John Adams. If a President is not willing to lead us in repentance, one important action step for the Church is to seriously pray for the President’s heart, that he would come to see the need for nationwide repentance. On a local church level, pastors need to preach on repentance, not only from the individual aspect, but the need and the how-to for corporate repentance.”—David Butts, President of Harvest Prayer Ministries and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee
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