Do You Pray For The President As Much As You Complain About Him?

Is it wrong to say that the President or his policies are morally evil or wrong?

Is it wrong to point out that a political leader is wicked, for example, if he has made evil sexual comments about women or if he’s made racist comments, or if he obviously hates certain groups of people?

I believe Christians should take a stand for righteousness. We should take a stand against abortion and racism, and every form of hatred, and we should express our convictions that these things are evil. We should stand up for the weak and oppressed. We should do all we can to encourage our leaders to do what is right. We can disagree with our leaders’ policies and try to persuade others.

We can write the President and our representatives and tell them our convictions. We don’t have to say our President is a good man if he is immoral or racist. We can work within all legal means to see evil leaders removed. But most importantly, we should pray for our leaders.

God commands us to pray for our leaders with all kinds of prayers:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings 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. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 TI 2:1-4

Look at all the ways we are to pray for all people, including “all who are in high positions”: with “supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings.” Do you do this? Maybe you cannot thank God for our president, but you can thank God that he is sovereign over our government and president. We can thank God that he can change our president. We can supplicate, pray and intercede for our leaders. We can ask God to change and direct their hearts and minds.

3 reasons WHY we should pray for our leaders:

First “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” This is what we want our leaders to give us right? This is why we vote, and why people run for office. That we might have decent lives. We should pray that we can lead peaceful lives. We should pray that our leaders make laws that enable us to lead quiet, godly, dignified lives.

Secondly, praying for our leaders “is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” I may think are leaders are evil and are doing a terrible job. But I want to please my God and Savior. So I’ll pray for my leaders.

Thirdly, interceding for our government is critical because God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” When nations are at war, or when there is national strife and hatred and people are consumed with these things, it is more difficult to share the gospel. People are consumed with other things and don’t have time to listen to the good news. I have read that the Civil War essentially ended a revival in our nation.

We should pray for our leaders, so that it would lead to peaceful, quiet lives to give us more opportunities to share the gospel and people to be saved. So ultimately it is critical to pray for our leaders for the sake of the spread of the gospel.

Does this mean we shouldn’t take express our opinions on our leaders or take whatever action we can to change things? No. we can vote. We can write our leaders. You can get involved in politics if God calls you to do that. But don’t forget to pray for them. Pray that God would move upon our leaders to work for righteousness and life. And don’t forget Proverbs 21:1

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.”

We can pray that God would remove wicked leaders. But if God does not do that let’s pray that God would save our leaders and turn their hearts to lead us into peace, so that more and more people might be saved.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.