Julie Lyles Carr: A Prayer For a President

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Prayer For a President

Whether you voted for him, voted for his opponent, were thrilled at his victory or concerned with his election, today we welcome a new president in our country. Today we as Americans watch again an amazing transition, the highest office in our government peaceably and willingly handed over as the march of democracy ambles on. Today, we watch Barack Obama take the oath of office and take the helm as we ride out the storms of this season.

And we have a responsibility.

For whether you are thrilled or concerned, he is the man the Lord has allowed to guide us in this time. And we owe him, ourselves and the generations to follow a call to prayer. An active purpose of covering the man, the office and the country in a blanket of prayer.

Because in the end, it's not about the man. It's about the God he follows. It's about how well he listens. And it's about our prayer cover offered in his behalf.

May He Walk in Wisdom

All the kings of the earth sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
2 Chronicles 9:23

  God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:29

May He Traffic in Peace

He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.
2 Chronicles 14:5

Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
there is a future [a] for the man of peace.
Psalm 37:37
May He Uphold the Cause of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
May those who love you be secure.
Psalm 122:6

For the sake of my brothers and friends,
I will say, "Peace be within you."
Psalm 122:8
May He Advocate For the Downtrodden, the Poor, the Oppressed, For Those Without Voice
Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace;
may the poor and needy praise your name.
Psalm 74:21
The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
Psalm 103:6
May He Please the Lord

When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD,
he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:7
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
Psalm 111:10

May He Uphold Justice

Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 16:20

Blessed are they who maintain justice,
who constantly do what is right.
Psalm 106:3

The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth should not betray justice.
Proverbs 16:10
He will be a spirit of justice
to him who sits in judgment,
a source of strength
to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
Isaiah 28:6

May He Be Exemplary in Integrity
In my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.
Psalm 41:12

Righteousness guards the man of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Proverbs 13:6

May He Have the Protection of the Lord

I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble;
Proverbs 3:23

May He Follow the Lord As He Blazes the Trail

Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD.
Leviticus 22:31

And may God bless America.

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