7 Prayers for President-Elect Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump won with a huge portion of Christian voters — Protestant and Catholic alike. But many conservative Christians have been rightly apprehensive about his forthcoming leadership. The man's moral failings are notorious -- and I'm not just talking about "locker room talk."

This is, after all, the Republican nominee who bragged about sleeping with other men's wives, ended two marriages through infidelity, called Jesus an egomaniac, tried to take a widow's home to build a limousine parking lot, and said he has never asked God for forgiveness. He adopted conservative positions on abortion, health care, and religious freedom only recently, and seems to have become a Republican merely to win the presidency.

That said, Donald Trump is now president-elect of the United States of America. While I consider it a travesty that so many Christians voted for him, I completely understand their decision to oppose Hillary Clinton, who posed an insidious threat to my faith. Conservative Christians dodged a bullet when she lost, and for all his indiscretions, Trump does arguably represent a better situation.

Given this harrowing outcome, I am reminded of 1 Timothy 2, which calls on believers to pray for those in authority. "I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high places, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."

Given this injunction, and my earnest desire for the good of America, I have seven prayers for President-Elect Donald J. Trump, and I encourage others to join me in praying them. Some of these prayers ask directly for Trump to glorify God. By this I do not mean that God's glory is dependent on Trump, but only that since Trump does consider himself a Christian, his thoughts, words, and actions may be a testament to the faith, and not an insult to it.

7. That he may be trustworthy.

One of my biggest problems with Trump has been his record of betraying the trust of other people: whether it be the trust of his wives or the trust of his contractors (whom he frequently paid less than his original agreements stipulated). I fear that he will prove faithless in keeping his promises to choose originalist Supreme Court nominees, to lower taxes and slash regulation, and to represent all Americans, among other things.

So I pray and suggest the following prayer:

"Lord, I thank you for the virtues of Donald Trump, and pray that you give me the eyes to see them more clearly. I pray that you would build his character, and help him keep his promises. May he truly be a man of integrity and stand up for what is right in our nation. Amen."

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