NASHVILLE (BP) – As Christians, we have a responsibility to pray for the leaders of our nation. Regardless of the president’s political party or positions on various issues, I have been faithful to pray for each president and vice president for decades. Our first and highest allegiance is always to the lordship of Jesus Christ and then to the words He gives us in the Bible, the Word of the living God, regarding how to live.
Therefore, how should we pray for our new president, Joe Biden, and our new vice president, Kamala Harris? I want to share some considerations as you and your church pray for each of them daily. Yes, we need to pray for them daily. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”
Even as Jeremiah instructed the people of God who were in exile in Babylon, we need to remember what the Bible says in Jeremiah 29:7: “Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
God is able to sovereignly engineer people and circumstances to fulfill His will. All the leaders of our nation need to lead with a spirit of humility, respect for one another, a spirit of understanding and a determination to cooperate for America’s common good. Only God can bring a spirit of peace in their relationship together. This cooperation is necessary to collaborate for the good of our nation.
RONNIE FLOYD is the CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee