Presidential Prayer

Have you been confused about which presidential candidate to support? After watching the debates, I debatefelt fearful, and discouraged. I want to elect a president who loves God, more than self.  Someone who will strive for peace, have compassion for the poor and helpless, and love his neighbor as himself. How can I elect such a president? I know it’s a tall order, but with God, all things are possible. Maybe that’s part of the problem. Maybe I, and other Christians, have been attempting to repair our country without God’s help.

I’ve not been a fan of President Obama’s policies, but maybe the first person I should criticize is myself. It’s easy to blame elected officials for our country’s problems. I must consider my own failure to pray for my president and accept my share of the responsibility.

Pray text on hand design concept

Pray text on hand design concept

First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings, and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1Timothy 2:1-2.

I don’t know who will win my vote in the upcoming presidential election, but even if my preferred candidate loses the race, the very least I can do is commit to pray for the President of the United States. I believe we should pray for all the world leaders, even our enemies.

The list of current presidential candidates may leave you feeling hopeless, but I’m going to place my trust in God. Perhaps the most important way I can improve the world’s condition is to offer a daily prayer for our current and future presidents and leaders.

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Proverbs 29:25


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Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

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