For the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peacable life in all godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1,2

And so the Apostle Paul exhorts us to pray for those in authority.

His politics are not mine, but like every other man who has occupied the office, President Barack Obama needs our prayers. (My own politics tend toward a sort of conservative communitarianism, and I am strongly opposed to big government progressivism and particularly to social liberalism – and, for that matter, to big government conservatism like we’ve seen for the past eight years.) And so I offer up this prayer to the throne of grace on this the inaugural day of President Obama’s administration.

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governors of these States and Commonwealths, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

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