How to Pray for President Trump

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Now that we know the outcome the the presidential election, responses from Christians vary widely. I’ve seen jubilation and despair and everything in between.

As an outspoken NeverTrumper, I watched the election returns with a mixture of dread an revulsion. There was no outcome in the presidential election that I thought would be good for America, so my heart was heavy on Tuesday night. When all is said and done, let’s not forget that Trump was the “lesser of two evils” choice. The vote totals do nothing to change what has transpired over the last year. We had two wretched candidates for the presidency, both unworthy of the office to which they aspired, and Trump walked away with the top prize. This is not cause for celebration, it’s a reason to weep for a nation that in large part chose one evil to prevent what it perceived to be a greater evil.

Still, we know that “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1) Our heavenly Father, in his sovereignty, allowed Donald Trump to become our next president. Whether He did so to make America great again or to inflict a judgement on our nation remains to be seen. We deserve the later but pray for the former. But if this election has taught us anything, it’s that our culture has a desperate need for Jesus. People are lost, floundering around looking for direction, and we need to point them to the truth of God’s word.

Christians are commanded to be “subject to the governing authorities,” and to pray for “kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” Trump is our president-elect and I will pray fervently that he turns out to be a great president. I hope he proves all my fears about him wrong. Moreover I’ll be praying that the Holy Spirit does a miraculous work in his heart so that he finally feels the need to seek God’s forgiveness and finds the salvation that is in Christ alone. I pray that one day we’ll all be able to look back and say that President Trump, like King David, was a man after God’s own heart.