“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (NIV)
I want to start today’s devotional by addressing my American readers. Today, Donald Trump is your 45th President. To say he’s controversial is an understatement. But regardless of what you think of him, I encourage you to pray for him. I’ll tell you why in a moment.
If you’re in Canada, I want you to pray for our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. If you’re in another country, pray for your leader too.
The reason I say this is because of 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Paul tells Timothy to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Fast forward 2000 years and I think we can adopt the principle that we should pray for our government leaders.
How can we not? These elected individuals have massive influence in our lives. They set and direct policy, command the military (in the U.S.), and represent our countries all over the world!
In the wake of Trump’s election win, actor Tom Hanks said this: “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years.” It surprised a lot of people. And his words were not an endorsement. But they were, in my view, the hopeful hope that positive things can sometimes happen, even when we’re aggressively paddling around in a windy sea of cynicism.
I want my wife to do well. So I pray for her. I want my kids to do well. So I pray for them. And I want my Prime Minister to do well. So I pray for him—regardless of whether I agree with him or not.
In his inauguration speech, President Trump quoted Psalm 133:1: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
Wouldn’t that be great? Wouldn’t that be a great legacy to impress upon the world?
So let’s pray for it.
By Matthew Ruttan
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